Scenes from the brutal 2004 siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah were among the most recognisable moments of the US-led Iraq War, while just one decade later, the city’s residential districts became a key front in the Iraqi government’s fight against the Islamic State group. Join MESF and the authors of The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019) Ross Caputi and Donna Mulhearn to discuss their new book on the city.


14 August 2019
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Level 2, Building BC, Deakin University Burwood

Please RSVP to by 7 August for catering purposes

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Author bios

Ross Caputi is a PhD student in History at the University of Massachusetts. A former US Marine who participated in the second siege of Fallujah, Ross was compelled by the destruction and suffering he helped cause to become an anti-war activist, speaker, and writer. He is also the director of the People’s History of Fallujah digital archive and in 2013 he co-founded the Islah Reparations Project.

Donna Mulhearn is an Australian writer and activist. She was an eye-witness to the April 2004 attack on Fallujah and has returned several times in a bid to raise awareness of the legacy of the attacks. Her professional background includes more than thirty years as a journalist, human rights work in various war and conflict zones around the world, and being a sought-after speaker and media commentator on issues relating to the Iraq war and peace activism. She is the author of the memoir Ordinary Courage: My Journey to Baghdad as a Human Shield, published in 2010. Donna completed her master’s degree at University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Her articles have appeared in various books, journals and websites.