Elizabeth Hagedorn, Al-Monitor

Elizabeth Hagedorn


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Past articles by Elizabeth:

First barrel bombs, now coronavirus: doctors in Syria's Idlib hit hard by outbreak

Doctors working in already short-staffed hospitals are struggling with a flare-up of new cases in the country's last rebel stronghold. → Read More

US watchdog group: Turkey’s actions in Syria endanger religious diversity

The partial withdrawal of US troops from northeast Syria in October created a vacuum for religious repression, a bipartisan US agency says. → Read More

‘All hands on deck:’ Middle East embassies inundated with citizens stranded in US

Middle East embassies are overwhelmed with calls from citizens trying to return home as COVID-19 spreads in the United States. → Read More

'Weaponisation of hunger': Idlib's farmers victims of scorched-earth campaign

Farmers accuse Syrian government of deliberately setting fire to their crops in bid to take back opposition-held territory → Read More

What can we expect if Trump's wall goes up? We asked people who'd know — the Germans.

President Trump has promised to build a "big, beautiful wall." → Read More

These Kurdish women are fighting ISIS and gender stereotypes

The Kurdish peshmerga lets women fighters join its ranks. → Read More

ISIS ravaged their homeland. Now, these Iraqi Christians are pleading with the world for help.

Some 6,000 people used to live in Batnaya, a small Christian village in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains. Today it’s a ghost town. → Read More

Priest saves Iraqi heritage from ISIS

WATCH | This Iraqi priest is saving Christian history one parchment at a time Wearing white gloves and using a dull knife, Father Najeeb Michaeel carefully flips through pages of yellowed, tattered manuscripts -- some of which are over a thousand years old. "I want to show you something very rare. It's a little treasure." From his office in Erbil, Michaeel shows us a 17th century Bible written… → Read More

Mosul children escape ISIS schools

WATCH | An eight-year-old boy describes life at a school run by ISIS Mohammed* should be finishing up the fourth grade at his elementary school in Mosul. Instead, his school is in a tent some 25 miles away in a camp that houses displaced Iraqis. It’s better than the alternative. Just a few months ago, Mohammed was learning to detonate bombs in a classroom run by ISIS. "There were bombs [in… → Read More

Kiron brings free online college courses to refugees

WATCH | Berlin-based Kiron offers a way for refugees to access a college education. > "That was not so easy and so possible because I needed the language. I needed the papers and everything." Sajida was one month into her college education when she fled Syria in 2014. She dreamed of becoming a civil engineer. When Sajida, (who asked that we not use her last name) her mother and three siblings… → Read More

Syrian doctors deliver plea to Congress

WATCH | On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war, three Syrian doctors testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For security reasons, two wore surgical masks to hide their appearance. > "I dream of one day returning to my home with my family and living in peace. But I need your help." —Dr. Mohamed Abu Rajab Dr. Mohamed Abu Rajab ran the largest trauma hospital in the eastern… → Read More

Aunt of Syrian refugee toddler has message for Trump

WATCH | When the rest of the world saw a nameless, drowned toddler washed up on a Turkish beach, Tima Kurdi saw her nephew, Alan. > "When I heard this tragic news I just remember that I fall on the floor, and I scream as loud as I could "why now, why them, why not me?" —Tima Kurdi The three-year old would become a defining symbol for the refugee crisis -- sparking international outrage over… → Read More

In Syria, kids who have lost their limbs in shellings rarely get prosthetics

WATCH | These Syrian children lost their limbs in the war When Um Ahmad and her family fled Aleppo a year and a half ago, her children were left with physical reminders of what they left behind: the two boys each lost an arm and her daughter is missing fingers and toes. “The plane hit us during the middle of the night, and we didn't know where to go,” Ahmad said. They’re now living in a camp for… → Read More

Tulsi Gabbard talks trip to Syria and meeting with Assad

Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who raised eyebrows when she met with then President-elect Trump to discuss Syria in November, has bucked the establishment once again: calling for Syria's longtime dictator to stay put after meeting with the man face-to-face. Following her week-long trip to Syria and Lebanon in January, the Hawaii congresswoman sat down with Circa for an extended… → Read More

Iraqi Christians fear genocide by ISIS

WATCH | Iraqi Christians fear genocide by ISIS One of the Middle East's oldest Christian communities is on the verge of extinction. For two thousand years, over a million Christians have called Iraq their home. In fact, prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, there were as many as 1.5 million Christians living in the country. But their numbers dwindled as Al-Qaeda’s violent campaigns against… → Read More

Refugees in Serbia are sleeping in the cold

WATCH | An Afghan refugee describes living conditions in Serbia > "We never thought it would be bad like this. But we have no other way. We must keep trying because we have too many problems in Afghanistan." When Abdul Saboor fled Afghanistan, he never imagined he would end up in Serbia, sleeping in sub-zero temperatures. The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates he is among 1,500 refugees… → Read More

Chick-Fil-A And Uber: How The Campaigns Spend Their Cash (VIDEO)

Under campaign finance law, presidential candidates must disclose their expenditures. Here's a look at their spending habits. → Read More

Chick-Fil-A And Uber: How The Campaigns Spend Their Cash

Under campaign finance law, presidential candidates must disclose their expenditures. Here's a look at their spending habits. → Read More

Are China's Leaders Taking Smog Seriously?

The Chicago Council's Dali L. Yang explains how Chinese leaders are looking to the U.S. as a model in the fight against pollution. → Read More

France Is Evicting Refugees From Its 'Jungle' Camp

French authorities say the eviction process will be "gradual." → Read More