The speakers are traveling as part of the "Remembering Omran" bus tour, which is circling the country to raise awareness about Iraq's state since the Gulf War in 1990-91. The tour was named after a 13-year-old Iraqi shepherd boy killed by an American bomb on May 17, 2000.
The UNC student activist group Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, sponsored the event in cooperation with Raleigh's Iraq Action Coalition.
Panel speaker Ellen Barfield said the purpose of the discussion was to increase Americans' awareness of the situation in Iraq.
Barfield said she has traveled to Iraq three times and is sure the American people are still in the dark about the Gulf War and its aftermath. "That is why we are here, to let folks know that there is tremendous suffering going on (in Iraq)," she said.
Barfield said the bombing during the Gulf War intentionally targeted Iraq's infrastructure, ruining its water treatment plants, hospitals and power plants.
Simon Harak, a Jesuit priest, was also on hand to voice concerns about violence against Iraqi people. Harak said he thinks the American government is to blame for the situation in Iraq.
He said the government tries to manipulate the media to hide the truth. "(On television during the Gulf War), you were not allowed as Americans to see more than one dead Iraqi body at a time," Harak said.
He also said the only bombing aired on television was a small percentage of bombs dropped on Iraq. "Every city, every village was bombed in Iraq," Harak said. "I can't hide from you what your government tried to hide from you."
Harak also showed two videos depicting gruesome images of charred Iraqi bodies and deformed Iraqi children -- all results of American bombing.