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YPJ fighters in Northern Iraq. Creativ Commons image shared by flickr user Kurdishstruggle
Finding Hope in Northeastern Iraq and Syria
March 13, 2021
Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is on a mission to tell the story of the Kurdish women who fought to protect their communities from ISIS in Northeastern Syria and Iraq. In the “Daughters of Kobani,” Lemmon uncovers the story of the women, the ideologies that motivate them, and their vision for a multi-ethnic future for women across the region. And then, the Pope’s historic trip to Iraq–a conversation with reporter Colm Flynn.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Creativ Commons image by Christie Mann
Once I heard the Story, I had to Share It March 13, 2021
As the Syrian war enters its 10th year, a new book from best selling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon brings the incredible story of the Kurdish women fighting ISIS.  In “The Daughters of Kobani,” Lemmon brings the complex stories of the women who joined the Kurdish women’s militia protection unit and their vision for the future. 

From battle to recapture Kobani to the challenges facing the region today, Lemmon is urging the Biden Administration to continue to support the local Kurdish fighters in Northeastern Iraq and Syria.  She underscores the threat ISIS continues to pose in the region as both Syrian and Iraqi’s struggle to rebuild after decades of war and instability.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. New York Times best-selling author, journalist, and entrepreneur. Adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her latest book The Daughters of Kobani is available from Penguin Random House.

Book cover of The Daughters of Kobani by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Courtesy Penguin Random House

The Daughters of Kobani
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Colm Flynn, image courtesy Com Flynn
'Iraq is Your Second Home,' Euphoria after a Historic Papal Trip to Iraq March 13, 2021
Hours after landing in Rome, EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)broadcast reporter Colm Flynn shares reflections after accompanying Pope Francis on a three-day trip to Iraq.  The historic Papal trip took place amid growing questions about the political objectives of the trip that took place as Iraq struggles to control the spread of Covid-19.  While the Pope and the press corp accompanying the Apostolic entourage received vaccines–Iraqis did not.

Colm Flynn. Freelance reporter/journalist. He contributes to EWTN, RTÉ, and The BBC.

You can see videos of two of the encounters from his trip to Iraq covering the Papal visit here, and here.