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More than 60% of Iraq's population is under the age of 25. In war-torn cities like Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk, nearly every resident has experienced traumatic life events such as the violent death of a loved one. A large number of young Iraqis have no immediate prospects and are disenfranchised from the country's political, economic and social development. Only 4 in 10 continue their education beyond primary school. Of those who enter the work force, half are unemployed. Iraq's stability depends on reversing these trends, and creating opportunities for the country's youth to become a force for positive change. In short, preparing them for the future is the most cost effective way to support Iraq's peace and development.
Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) works one-on-one with young people
and civil society leaders in Iraq to carry out effective programs, monitor the
crisis and inform public policy, enhance understanding of Iraq’s story, and
advocate for peaceful change. EPIC was founded in 1998 by veterans of the Gulf
War who believe that youth empowerment and a human security approach can make
Iraq safe and prosperous again.