Articles by: Laila Ali

Fighting COVID-19 deepens Iraq’s humanitarian crisis

The COVID-19 virus has challenged developed nations in ways that few could have predicted just a few weeks ago. In Iraq, my colleagues and I watch with trepidation as Europe and the US struggle to contain the virus. Hospitals are overwhelmed, there’s a…

by · Wednesday, 22 April 2020 · Iraq

Responding to Iraq’s learning crisis

Three years after Mosul was retaken from the so-called Islamic State, parts of west Mosul still resemble a warzone with entire neighborhoods laid waste. Buildings remain collapsed into each other like a deck of cards. They create a dangerous mashup of …

by · Monday, 10 February 2020 · Iraq

“We are barely breathing.”

Over 7,000 new Syrian refugees – nearly half of them children – have fled the conflict in northeastern Syria and arrived into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many of them are women, children and the elderly. Almost all of them walked long distances throu…

by · Tuesday, 22 October 2019 · Iraq, Syria

In Basra: Oil in abundance, but little water to drink

Iraq’s southern city of Basra was once a thriving port city. In its heyday, it was described as the “Venice of the east” due to the numerous canals and bridges all over the city. The comparisons with Venice are long gone. Today, the situation is bleak….

by · Tuesday, 16 July 2019 · Iraq