Eman Ahmed Khamas, an Iraqi human rights activist, spoke in Portland on March 20, 2006 to an enthralled, standing-room-only crowd of 300 people at the First Unitarian Church of Portland. Eman traveled to the US on a women’s delegation for peace arranged by CODEPINK.
Khamas is a journalist, translator and human rights activist who lives in Baghdad with her husband and two daughters. She is a member of the Women’s Will organization, which focuses on defining and defending women’s rights outside of political party interests and opposing incarceration of women as hostages. Khamas regularly publishes articles on women’s conditions in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, and has documented human rights violations committed by US and Iraqi forces. She is also involved in mobilizing emergency relief (medicines, food and clothing) for victims of war, especially women and children living in refugee camps.
Khamas showed photos while she detailed the desctruction of homes, hospitals and lives that constitutes everyday life in Iraq since the war began in 2003. These are the stories about ordinary Iraqis that remain untold in this country.