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Noah Merrill

Description of work in Jordan:

Noah Merrill recently returned from six weeks of intensive work in Jordan among Iraqi refugees displaced as a result of the ongoing Iraq crisis. During this time, he conducted more than 40 in-depth formal interviews with Iraqi families, and met informally with many more. Merrill participated in frequent consultations with staff of international humanitarian organizations, UN staff, and representatives of Iraqi civil society and political groups. In addition to interviews with Iraqi families and conducting an assessment of the humanitarian and political situation in Jordan, Iraq, and the region, he was involved in direct advocacy and service work on behalf of Iraqis facing acute needs in Jordan, including working to secure release from detention, ensure access to needed medical care, report abuses by officials, access information about refugee services, and facilitate border passage into Jordan. Following the current speaking tour, Merrill plans to return to Jordan to continue this ongoing work.

Description of speaking event:

Merrill will present as part of a national speaking tour with the American Friends Service Committee intended to bring the realities of the Iraqi refugee crisis home to Americans. He will share the stories of Iraqis forced from their country by violence and chaos, and describe their struggles to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. He will address the regional economic, environmental, and political implications of the growing refugee crisis, its roots in Baghdad and Washington, and the gathering threat posed to the world by the continuing creation and portrayal of the "Sunni-Shiite" conflict. Finally, he will highlight prospects for constructive action to move beyond opposition to US military occupation and toward promoting a lasting, healing peace for Iraq through partnership with Iraqis. Tax-deductible donations to support the needs of Iraqi families made refugees in Jordan will be gratefully accepted.


Noah Merrill is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He has worked, studied, and reported on conflicts and peacebuilding efforts in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to the news and analysis website Electronic Iraq (, and serves as a project team member. From 2004-2006, Merrill served on the Middle East Task Force of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). He holds degrees in Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Conflict Transformation. Merrill currently serves as a consultant to AFSC's Middle East Peacebuilding Program focusing on analysis of the Iraq conflicts, the creation of advocacy resources on Iraq issues, and the Iraqi refugee crisis. He is based in Vermont.