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Falling in love in wartime Iraq (A Real Life Love Story)

US Army interpreter Nayyef Hrebid and Iraqi soldier Btoo Allami fell in love at the height of the Iraq War. It was the start of a dangerous 12-year struggle to live together as a couple.

In 2003, Nayyef Hrebid found himself in the midst of the Iraq war. The fine art graduate had signed up to be a translator for the US Army after he couldn’t find a job.

“I was based in Ramadi, which was the worst place at that time. We would go out on patrols and people would be killed by IEDs [roadside bombs] and snipers. I was asking myself: ‘Why am I here? Why am I doing this?’”

However, a chance encounter with a soldier in the Iraqi army changed everything.

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I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now. I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region.

In almost four years of war, nearly half of Syria’s population of 23 million people has been uprooted. Within Iraq itself, more than two million people have fled conflict and the terror unleashed by extremist groups. These refugees and displaced people have witnessed unspeakable brutality. Their children are out of school, they are struggling to survive, and they are surrounded on all sides by violence.

For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.

What do you say to a mother with tears streaming down her face who says her daughter is in the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIS, and that she wishes she were there, too? Even if she had to be raped and tortured, she says, it would be better than not being with her daughter.

What do you say to the 13-year-old girl who describes the warehouses where she and the others lived and would be pulled out, three at a time, to be raped by the men? When her brother found out, he killed himself.

How can you speak when a woman your own age looks you in the eye and tells you that her whole family was killed in front of her, and that she now lives alone in a tent and has minimal food rations?

In the next tent, I met a family of eight children. No parents. Father killed. Mother missing, most likely taken. The 19-year-old boy is the sole breadwinner. When I comment that it is a lot of responsibility for his age, he just smiles and puts his arm around his young sister. He tells me he is grateful he has the opportunity to work and help them. He means it. He and his family are the hope for the future. They are resilient against impossible odds.

Nothing prepares you for the reality of so much individual human misery: for the stories of suffering and death, and the gaze of hungry, traumatised children.

Who can blame them for thinking that we have given up on them? Only a fraction of the humanitarian aid they need is being provided. There has been no progress on ending the war in Syria since the Geneva process collapsed 12 months ago. Syria is in flames, and areas of Iraq are gripped by fighting. The doors of many nations are bolted against them. There is nowhere they can turn.

Syria’s neighbors have taken in nearly four million Syrian refugees, but they are reaching their limits. Syrian refugees now make up 10 percent of Jordan’s population. In Lebanon, every fourth person is now a Syrian. They need food, shelter, education, health care and work. This means fewer resources available for local people. Far wealthier countries might crack under these pressures.

Stories of terror, barrel bombs and massacres have acquired an awful familiarity. There is a great temptation to turn inward, to focus on our own troubles.

But the plain fact is we cannot insulate ourselves against this crisis. The spread of extremism, the surge in foreign fighters, the threat of new terrorism - only an end to the war in Syria will begin to turn the tide on these problems. Without that, we are just tinkering at the edges.

At stake are not only the lives of millions of people and the future of the Middle East, but also the credibility of the international system. What does it say about our commitment to human rights and accountability that we seem to tolerate crimes against humanity happening in Syria and Iraq on a daily basis?

When the United Nations refugee agency was created after World War II, it was intended to help people return to their homes after conflict. It wasn’t created to feed, year after year, people who may never go home, whose children will be born stateless, and whose countries may never see peace. But that is the situation today, with 51 million refugees, asylum-seekers or displaced people worldwide, more than at any time in the organisation’s history.

Much more assistance must be found to help Syria’s neighbors bear the unsustainable burden of millions of refugees. The United Nations’s humanitarian appeals are significantly underfunded. Countries outside the region should offer sanctuary to the most vulnerable refugees in need of resettlement - for example, those who have experienced rape or torture. And above all, the international community as a whole has to find a path to a peace settlement. It is not enough to defend our values at home, in our newspapers and in our institutions. We also have to defend them in the refugee camps of the Middle East, and the ruined ghost towns of Syria.

—  Angelina Jolie’s speech on the Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
shit people say at debate camp

so i just came back from debate camp and while i was there i heard a lot of interesting things such as:

“Can we stop at a Pokemon gym?”

“That’s the last thing you want at debate camp is to look like nerds.”

“Are you a whore or not?”

*southern accent* Kritiks are the devil.

“If this was a school shooting right now…”

“Pokemon lives matter”

“Old white conservative people love ISIS”

*pronounces iraq like eye-rack*

“shit… u right”

“Terrorists don’t fill out the census”

“I’m still holding out for a robotic body”

Instructor: Are there any other adults in here? No, okay, everyone basically shit themselves

“We don’t sweat, we perspirate”

“You can destroy their hopes and dreams and send them home crying”

“I just want all of the ground AAAAARRRGH”

“You suck I love you”

“I’m gonna kick the topic in the gonads”

“Time’s up when I say time’s up”

“If you say RVI you can trigger them”

“I’m not taking away your best argument I’m just telling you why it sucks”

“Make America Great Again”
“I hope you choke on your water”
“I hope you choke on my dick”

“Heg-ominy”

“If someone’s punching you in the face, it’s okay to reject that”

“Who gave you the right to talk”

“Thank you, McDonald’s”

“The US overthrows a democratically elected leader, replaces them with a dictator, and causes years of civil war but hey guess who has a banana company in Guatemala now”

“Your high five is priceless”

“I had a Pan K for breakfast”

“That’s probably a little dehumanizing and not cool”

“Why am I here? Why do I hate myself?”

“I have athletically induced asthma”
“It’s never been induced then”

“The only thing I need to do in life is stay black and die”

“I generally want you to keep your clothes on”

“I mean to text ‘mom, snap me back’ but I accidentally texted 'mom, anal me back’”

“One of the main authors is a guy named Wint”
“Where did he go?”

“I wish we were less excited about that but that’s okay”

“She’s the B word. You know, bossy.”

“Security is most important, dude bro”

“I reject my partner’s argument”

*thanking the security staff* I tried to rob the place yesterday and it was all locked. Good job.

“You left me for a freshman partner, I don’t wanna hear it.”

“Crooked Hillary”

“That’s probably not fair. That destroys ground and shit.”

“Teaching a black man how to read and write is the best thing a white man ever did”

*singing* I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one

“Oh my God, Jordan, go get laid”

“Don’t hit him he’s a baby!”

“There are seventeen different types of counter plans and Jess has hit them all”

“You’re going to hand the election to Donald Trump, now why would that be bad? Well, there’s a lot of evidence out there”

finally, my favorite snippets from the troll files we ran in a practice round:

“We aren’t able to effectively debate because they keep changing what kind of pen they use. Prevents pen education.”

“By not telling us their favorite K we can’t possibly hold K parties with them, ensuring many a cold debate in the future, making debate poopy and boring - worse, you get depression”

“Failure to mention Putin in every single debate ever makes Putin angry, and he’ll send more political prisoners to Siberia. That’s bad. Save a life.”

“For all I know, I could be playing a unicorn. Neigh. Please bring order back into this debate.”

“Biden would yell at babies, roll his eyes mockingly at senior citizens, and grope unwilling biker women in public”

“All of their evidence is probably falsified by the dirty liberals. Much like kids, liberal media members say the darndest things”

“The alternative is voting for America. Let’s reflect on how great America is with the full national anthem”