Friday, May 15, 2015

Academics Living Under ISIS

Inside Higher Ed
May 15th, 2015

Harrowing stories of the suffering and dilemmas faced by academics in Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq have emerged through testimonies given to the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).
One witness, who asked to remain anonymous, describes what has happened at the University of Anbar (located in Ramadi, capital of the country’s largest governorate or province, Al-Anbar). Even before IS (also known as ISIS) took over in June 2014, he recalls, “we academics were unable to speak freely or give our opinions about IS in public because there were some students involved with IS, and some lecturers were beaten up by students.” Giving a low mark to “a student belonging to IS” became very risky.

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