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.