Dahlia Wasfi

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Dahlia Wasfi (born 1971) is an American physician and peace activist. She is also an environmentalist who actively speaks out against the environmental impact of war and the corporate and government restructuring of farming methods and food resources in war zones in order to benefit American corporations at the expense of seed diversity and food security.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1971 in New York City to a Jewish-American mother and Muslim Iraqi father, Wasfi spent part of her early childhood living in Iraq under Saddam Hussein.[2] She returned to the US at age 5, earned her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College in 1993 and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.


External video
Ain't Nothin Green About the Green Zone, May 18,2008
CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS: Dahlia Wasfi at Iraq Forum, April 27, 2006

Part of Wasfi's April 27, 2006 address to the Congressional Progressive Caucus:

I speak to you today on behalf of relatives on my mother’s side — Ashkenazi Jews who fled their homeland of Austria during Hitler’s Anschluss. It is for them that we say 'Never again.' I speak to you today on behalf of relatives on my father’s side, who are not living, but dying, under the occupation of this administration’s deadly foray in Iraq. From the lack of security to the lack of basic supplies to the lack of electricity to the lack of potable water to the lack of jobs to the lack of reconstruction to the lack of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they are much worse off now than before we invaded. 'Never again' should apply to them, too.[3]


  1. ^ "Ain’t Nothin’ Green About the Green Zone," Green Festival, Chicago, IL, May 1, 2008. Accessed 15 May 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHS0Cq8hje4&feature=youtu.be
  2. ^ Speakers
  3. ^ "Dr. Dahlia Wasfi speaks at Iraq forum". Congressional Forum testimony. April 27, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2010.

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