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Baghdad Underground Railroad Book Talk/ Savanna, IL

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Free
Baghdad Underground Railroad Book Talk/ Savanna, IL
Book Talk: Baghdad Underground Railroad, Steve Miska explains current Afghan interpreter evacuation efforts. Q&A

 

Bring your book copy of Baghdad Underground Railroad to be signed or buy on site. Limited books available for sale on site. Please buy in advance on Amazon. Proceeds support USVAA.

In 2007, Iraq was in the midst of violent sectarian cleansing. Col. Steve Miska led a team within the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (known as Dagger Brigade) that established an underground railroad from Baghdad to Amman to the U.S. for dozens of Iraqi interpreters facing near-certain death at the hands of the “death squads” that hunted down and slaughtered interpreters and their families.

The mostly young men and women who embraced American idealism risked their lives to support U.S. service members in countries where understanding the language, the people, and the contours of the culture are often a matter of life and death. Yet, according to recent estimates, more than 100,000 interpreters and at-risk family members remain in Iraq and 70,000 remain in Afghanistan, each in grave danger.

The plight of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters left behind by the United States remains one of the most significant human rights issues of the Global War on Terrorism, America’s longest, and ongoing, military conflict.

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Proceeds support the U.S. Veterans Artists Alliance, a 501c3 educational nonprofit helping veterans and family members tell their stories.

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Date:
October 28, 2021
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Cost:
Free
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Savanna
Main Street
Savanna, IL 61074 United States
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