Many problems facing the Iraqi population today, particularly in the north, involve crimes committed by ISIS combatants against civilians. However, there are many societal problems that derive from poverty, lack of education, and racial, cultural, or ethnic discrimination. We want to picture crimes as being perpetrated by hooded terrorists, but experiences with the AMAR Foundation show the sources of global injustice are many and varied.
Donald Wright is director of Middle Eastern Studies at Hood College outside of Washington, D.C. Wright has lived and worked on four continents, taught at several universities in the U.S., Africa, and Europe, and worked at several museums, including the Louvre in Paris. His most recent book Modern Antiquity deals with the importance of ancient civilizations in the creation of national identity. In spring 2016, Wright traveled with Iraqi members of the AMAR Foundation throughout Iraq, documenting the state of human rights and human rights violations in the country.