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November 09, 2015
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6:30 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Our Walls Bear Witness:
Iraqi Minorities in Peril
Public Program
Two sisters living in the Shariya camp for internally displaced persons in Dohuk, Iraq, in September 2015. <i>Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum</i>
Two sisters living in the Shariya camp for internally displaced persons in Dohuk, Iraq, in September 2015. Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Join us for a discussion with experts on the plight of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq who have been targeted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State and are now displaced, not knowing when—or if—they will be able to return home. The discussion will take place on the opening night of FotoWeek DC (November 9–12), for which the Museum will project onto its exterior walls photographs from a recent trip to Iraq.

Speakers include Naomi Kikoler, deputy director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, who recently returned from northern Iraq; Dakhil Shammo, a Yezidi human rights activist from the region; and Knox Thames, special advisor for religious minorities in the Near East and South and Central Asia at the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom.

You can submit questions for the panelists on Twitter using the hashtags #IraqCrisis and #WallsBearWitness.

The Museum is located on the National Mall, just south of Independence Avenue, SW, between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) in Washington, DC.

We strongly advise visitors to take the Metro (subway) to the Museum as public parking in the area is very limited.

The nearest Metro stop is Smithsonian (orange or blue line), located one block east of the Museum. Exit the station at 12th Street and Independence Avenue and walk one block west on Independence to 14th Street. Cross 14th Street and turn left; the Museum is the second building on your right.

The Museum has no public parking facility, but there is a paid parking lot located on D Street, SW, between 13th and 14th Streets, and some metered parking along Independence Avenue.

For vehicles bearing the appropriate access tags, the National Park Service has designated approximately ten accessible parking spaces at and around the Washington Monument, along Independence Avenue west of 14th Street, and at the Tidal Basin parking lot.

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The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
The Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when genocide does occur.
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Watch: Canon Andrew White on Mass Atrocities against Religious Communities in Iraq
On September 15, 2014, the Museum invited Canon Andrew White—chaplain of Iraq’s only Anglican church—to speak about atrocities that the Islamic State is committing against religious communities in Iraq.
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Yazidis under Threat in Iraq
On December 14, 2014, Vian Dakhil—the only Yazidis member of the Iraqi parliament—came to the Museum to discuss the dire plight of her people, a religious minority whom the Islamic State is targeting for destruction.
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Museum Statement on Crimes against Humanity in Iraq
On August 8, 2014, the Museum issued a statement condemning the ongoing crimes against humanity that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is committing against religious minorities across large portions of northern Iraq.
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