The challenges facing minorities in Iraqi society and ways to confront them after the year 2003


Abstract: The ethnic and racial minorities in Iraq represent an original and civilized part of the ancient history of Iraq. There are Christians, Turkmen, Yazidis, Sabeans, and Shabaks who form the basis of the fabric of Iraqi society, and these components are among the oldest people settled in the land of Mesopotamia The existence of these minorities has gone through phases and epochs that can be described as bitter eras, as Iraq has always been subjected to violent attacks throughout its history, and these minorities have fallen prey to political conflicts and to this day The civilian population in Iraq has been exposed, since 2003, to terrible ranges of violence and extermination, the history of Iraq has never seen before. The American occupation brought chaos and destruction and did not bring about the alleged freedom that the Western media had always offered it, and of course the minorities in Iraq had a share of this destruction Murder and displacement are the same as others, and what happened in June 2014 and the fall of Mosul in the hands of what is known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is the clearest evidence of the fall of vast areas in Iraq at the hands of terrorist groups that invaded the land of Iraq in sabotage and burning of its land, antiquities and archaeological holdings, with Iraq's minorities exposed to the ugliest forms of killing and burning. And displacement, and this is an anomaly that the contemporary history of Iraq has not witnessed is unprecedented.