Being British and Iraqi, not quite here and not quite there, throws up a unique set of issues that overlie the usual challenges faced by an émigré community. Second-generation Iraqis are caught between nurtured nostalgia of a mythical homeland and the alien reality of post-Saddam Iraq. Mixed emotions, divided loyalties and confused identity are mitigated by an equally strong desire to innovatively navigate through the issues faced by their diaspora community and beyond.
The British Iraqi Forum is a collaborative attempt at providing a platform for free debate and a constructive environment in which to address some of the issues we regularly face, as well as those of interest to our community. From the ever-present identity crisis to refreshing ways of dealing with intractable problems, we’re here to learn, share and listen to all things cultural, social, religious or political .