Blacks in Iraq

10 October 2015

An African-Iraqi woman begs for money on a street in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad December 4, 2008. Inspired by Barack Obama's election in the United States, some black Iraqis plan to run in a forthcoming election, to end what they call centuries of discrimination because of their slave ancestry.  Picture taken on December 4.  To match feature IRAQ/BLACKS     REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ) - RTR22FNQ

An African-Iraqi woman begs for money on a street in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad December 4, 2008. Inspired by Barack Obama’s election in the United States, some black Iraqis plan to run in a forthcoming election, to end what they call centuries of discrimination because of their slave ancestry. Picture taken on December 4. To match feature IRAQ/BLACKS REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ) – RTR22FNQ

Greetings Family,

I am doing a bit of research and came across these links are African people in the Arab world.  Fascinating materials and I wanted to shore.  So much to learn!

http://masaratiraq.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Minorities-in-Iraq.pdf

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/black-iraqis-face-discrimination-racism.html#

Here are a couple of interesting links to Africans in Iraq.  The first link is a book with a chapter on Black people in Iraq.  Very interesting things here.

And here is one on anti-Black racism in Tunisia.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/04/keep-silent-tunisia-confronts-racism-201441912163763970.html

Finally, an article on discrimination against Black people in the Arab world.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/06/201362472519107286.html

This deserves much more attention.  It also makes me wonder what if any historical traditions exist about Pah-Africanism in the Arab world.

Enjoy!

In love of Africa,

Runoko-Rashidi

Runoko Rashidi
www.drrunoko.com

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