After War Iraq

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Sheryl A. Mendez graduated holds a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, Rutgers University and an in International Affairs, The New School for Social Research, New York. Mendez is a cofounder of The Crimes of War Project and is currently the photo editor and case researcher on the 2nd edition of the book, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (W.W. Norton & Co.) She is also a freelance photo and radio journalist and has been published by The London Sunday Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Dagbladet (Sweden), Chosun Ilbo (Korea), The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Nouvel Obs(France),Graphis, and National Public Radio's, This American Life, among others. From 2000 to November 2005, she was the NY Editor of Photography of US News & World Report magazine. Prior to this, she was an Editor with Magnum Photos, New York working on story development and editorial projects. Since the mid-90s, she has traveled throughout the Middle East and Asia covering social and political change and human rights. In 2007, she formed Offline: Events, a non-governmental, non-profit organization In July 2007, she formed Offline Events, a non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing filmmakers, journalists, authors, and dance performers to European audiences for dialogue. The first event of Offline Events Offline Baghdad (Not Just another Film Festival) was held in Milan, Italy at Spazio8 from December 13 16, 2007 bringing Iraqi filmmakers, journalists, authors, dance performers, and fixers to tell of their firsthand accounts of living and working in Iraq and the risks that they face. Mendez has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Africa on collaborative documentary book projects. In 2007, she covered the war in Lebanon and traveled to Iraq on three separate trips in 2003, 2004, and 2005 documenting the aftermath of war. She is on the board of November 11, non profit organization working toward the development of dialogue and imaginative ideas by engaging with independent authors who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the visual arts, journalism, and in emerging fields. Between 2006 - mid 2008 Mendez was based between Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria. Currently she is living in New York. In December 2008, she was the recipient of the Every Human Has Rights Media Award awarded by Internews International and The Elders.
Hilla, Iraq. Displacement has been an unfailing feature of recent Iraqi history. During the last thirty to forty years, substantial numbers of Iraqi civilians fled their homes compelled by war, uprisings, and government - directed policies of ethnic cleansing and systematic forced resettlement. From conversations and interviews with Iraqi refugees in Europe and throughout the Middle East and those internally displaced within Iraq, it is clear that many dream to return to their homeland, former cities, towns and villages. Those who express hesitation fear they no longer belong in Iraqi society or risk targeting if they return. In either case, it is equally clear that the vast majority of Iraqis living outside of their homeland or internally displaced within do not think that it will be safe enough to return to their former homes in the near future. For many Iraqis it is not that they do not want to return home, it is that they cannot.

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