#IraqProtests: Why Iraq Needs Us to Pay Attention

As a media and internet blackout continues to blanket Iraq, those who are able to are taking to social media when they can to shed some light on the protests — and the brutal, violent crackdown that followed — as the Iraqi people take to the streets. Their ongoing demands for access to basic human rights, economic stability, and change in the current political system that has deeply entrenched inequality amongst the population was met with violent opposition.

As is often the case, Twitter has been ablaze with updates, and so, here are a series of tweets highlighting exactly why Iraq desperately needs our attention right now:

And finally, a message for the world: