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Trauma and Radicalization After ISIS

Event Date:

April 5, 2018 | 5:00 PM EDT TO 7:00 PM EDT


University of Pennsylvania
3340 Walnut Street
Fisher Bennett Hall, Room 231

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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ISIS fighters executed and enslaved thousands of ethnic Yazidis in northern Iraq in the summer of...

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Amsha cares for her sons Muiad and Delbrin in her parent’s home outside the Iraqi city of Duhok. Image by Emily Feldman. May, 2015.

ISIS devoted extensive resources to the indoctrination of children in its territory, which at its peak, from mid-2014 through 2015, spanned roughly a third of Syria and Iraq and was home to between 6 million and 12 million civilians. With ISIS now ousted from its strongholds, the world is getting an increasingly detailed look at the damage the group wrought on a generation of youth. 

During a visit to the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 5, 2018, Pulitzer Center grantee journalist Emily Feldman discusses her interviews with children who attended ISIS training camps and schools, as well as therapists and security officials now scrambling to respond to a transnational crisis of trauma and radicalization. This event has been rescheduled from Feldman's postponed visit from February 8. 

Feldman was based in Istanbul from 2013 until October 2017, covering the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, the Syrian border, Iraq and Europe. She continues to write about migration, security and human rights from her new base in Washington, D.C. 

Feldman's talk is presented by the Pulitzer Center and Penn's Middle East Center, a Campus Consortium partner





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