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All 600 detainees at a prison in Iraq's southern city of Basra have gone on hunger strike to protest conditions that are "not fit for animals."All 600 detainees at a prison in Iraq's southern city of Basra have gone on... more
A newly released report from a refugee-advocate group says millions of civilians who fled their homes because of warfare in Iraq remain "uprooted."A newly released report from a refugee-advocate group says millions of civilians who... more
The Iraqi refugee crisis has been out of the headlines for awhile. But few of the more than two million people who fled the country have gone back. Aid agencies are looking for new ways to find money to support the refugees who are mostly living in Jordan and Syria.The Iraqi refugee crisis has been out of the headlines for awhile. But few of the more... more
NC State University students and Stop Hunger Now are collaborating to package one million meals for international hunger relief. Stop Hunger Now grew out of a Methodist minister's compassion for refugees and starving people around the world. The organization with the help of volunteers assembles and ships nutritious meals to areas of need. NC State became involved with the organization through an engineering senior design project that redesigned warehouse space to best produce, store and ship the meals. NC State University students and Stop Hunger Now are collaborating to package one... more
45 Iraqi refugees being forcibly deported to Iraqi Kurdistan on a specially chartered flight. In spite of Amnesty's reports of people being detained without trial for up to 9 years, "disappeared" and tortured.
In spite of all the nice talk of Human Rights, people are constantly being deported into hunger, torture and death.45 Iraqi refugees being forcibly deported to Iraqi Kurdistan on a specially chartered... more
Five years into the US military intervention in Iraq, the country is dealing with one of the largest humanitarian and displacement crises in the world. Millions of Iraqis have fled their homes and are living in increasingly desperate circumstances.
Failure to address the needs of Iraqis will have dramatic impacts on security inside Iraq. Take action - sign the petition below and tell a friend.
Please sign the letter to Obama here: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/iraq
Dear President Obama,
Five million Iraqis have been uprooted from their homes and are living in desperate circumstances. By helping displaced Iraqis, the U.S. will help ensure a stable Iraq.
I urge you to craft a new U.S. policy to:
1. Assist Iraqi refugees.
2. Ensure a safe, voluntary return home when possible.
3. Pressure Iraq to meet its responsibilities to its own people.
4. Increase resettlement for those who can't go home.
Please show real leadership to resolve this humanitarian crisis.
For more info visit: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/iraq-releaseFive years into the US military intervention in Iraq, the country is dealing with one... more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is on track to meet its 2008 goal of taking in 12,000 Iraqi refugees by the end of next month. That's the good news about the worst refugee crisis in the Middle East in 60 years.
The bad news is that 12,000 people represent a tiny fraction of the vast exodus of Iraqis driven from their homes by the violence and ethnic cleansing unleashed by the 2003 U.S. invasion. Estimates of their number vary. The widely used figure of 5 million is about one in five. To get that into context: relative to the size of the population, it would equal the forced displacement of almost 60 million Americans.
Why does a crisis of that magnitude barely register in public discourse in the U.S. and make few headlines? For one, the refugees are virtually invisible. There are no Darfur or Rwanda-style refugee camps that produce television images of shock value. More important, the refugees have not fit into the political agenda of the governments in Washington and Baghdad. The narrative is that Iraq is returning to normal.
At the height of the bloodshed, in 2006, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said 50,000 people a month were fleeing from their homes, either to safety across the borders or inside Iraq. While violence has sharply subsided since, political and sectarian divisions remain and there has been no mass return. Only a trickle have been granted permission to settle in the U.S. - a paltry 134 a month in 2007...
by Bernd Debusmann
Complete article: http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersComService4/idUSISL30978420080813 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is on track to meet its 2008 goal of taking... more
Officials foil Iraqi family's bid to gain refugee status after discovering children named Uday, Qusay
A recent family of infiltrators seeking a safe haven in Israel caused several officials in the Foreign Ministry to stand up and takes notice. Officials were surprised to discover that two of the children are named Uday and Qusay, after the sons of former Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein.
The family, which consists of the two parents and their six children, recently infiltrated Israel through the Israeli-Egyptian border.
The family then arrived at the offices of the Interior Ministry and applied for refuge status, claiming they were from the war-torn region of the Sudan.
'First time Iraqis try to infiltrate Israel'
Suspicions were raised when it was discovered that two of the children, ages 12 and 13, were named after the sons of Saddam Hussein. After a short inquiry it was discovered that family members were not refugees from the Sudan, but rather, Iraqi citizens.
Rami Ovadia, one of the persons who investigated the case said that "This is the first instance where Iraqis infiltrate Israel, claiming to be persecuted Sudanese and apply for refugee status". The head of the immigration department at the Interior Ministry, Yakov Ganot, also commented that there has been an increase in the number of people applying for refuge status who are not entitled to it. Officials foil Iraqi family's bid to gain refugee status after discovering... more
Iraq remains one of the most dangerous places in the world. Its refugee crisis is worsening. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, an estimated 4.7 million have been displaced both within and outside Iraq and for many the situation is desperate.
A new report by Amnesty International, Rhetoric and reality: the Iraqi refugee crisis, says that the international community continues to fail to respond to the crisis in a meaningful way. Countries like Jordan and Syria host most of the refugees but are simply not equipped to meet the needs of all those arriving.
Syria alone may be hosting more than a million refugees. As of 2007, only 1 percent of the total Iraqi displaced population was estimated to be in the industrialized world.
To mark World Refugee Day, Amnesty International has called on the international community and, in particular, those states who participated in the US-led invasion of Iraq, to take real steps to alleviate the suffering of those displaced. The organization said these countries must urgently act on their responsibility to assist the host nations and humanitarian organizations operating in the region to support the large numbers of refugees.
Many families are destitute and facing impossible choices and new risks, like having to resort to child labour and the prospect of being forced through circumstances to undertake "voluntary" return to Iraq.
Iraq remains one of the most dangerous places in the world. Its refugee crisis is... more
New alliances with Sunni militias have reduced attacks on American troops in Anbar and elsewhere in Iraq, but will this new strategy lead to lasting stability, or is it feeding a sectarian civil war and exacerbating a growing refugee crisis? Reporters David Enders and Rick Rowley take us inside Iraq for this report.
Produced by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in association with Azimuth Media.
To learn more about this issue, visit www.pulitzercenter.org.New alliances with Sunni militias have reduced attacks on American troops in Anbar and... more
In the largest exodus in six decades, at least five million Iraqis—twenty percent of Iraq's pre-war population—have fled their homes since the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2003. The Party After the War spends an afternoon with the family of a former Baghdad restaurateur that now lives in Amman, Jordan and runs an under-the-table catering business there.
The Party After the War is an excerpt of a feature film that chronicles the lives of several Iraqi refugees of various religious, sectarian and socioeconomic backgrounds who are now living as illegal immigrants in Syria and Jordan. The film will be released in early 2009.
In the largest exodus in six decades, at least five million Iraqis—twenty... more
It's the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War and with talk of it not being even half-way through, we are approaching the 4000th American combat death.
More importantly, a recent World Health Organization report based on Iraqi Health Ministry figures estimated that 151,000 Iraqi civilians were killed between March 2003, the start of the invasion, and June 2006.
Many of the reports of civilian deaths are disputed. What cannot be argued, however, is another grave consequence of the Iraq War: the displacement crisis as a mass exodus of Iraqis flee the instabilities and ever-increasing sectarian violence at home, tearing their families apart.
In mid-January 2008, with the support of the United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR), I traveled to Amman, Jordan to photograph and record a few of these families trapped in a no-man’s land; asylum seekers looking for refuge, too afraid to return to their blood-soaked country.
Here are a few of their stories.It's the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War and with talk of it not being even... more
Oh right: This is why she's famous. Angelina Jolie tells a tale of hardship and humanity involving two Iraqi refugees in Syria. Totally natural (I always forget she has a normal twangy voice, not that haughty accent she always uses in movies) and yet totally riveting.Oh right: This is why she's famous. Angelina Jolie tells a tale of hardship and... more
These Iraqi Refugees had reached out to many, many other media outlets before VC2 producer Adam Fish found them in Cyprus. Be on the look out for a pod about their struggles as refugees from their country. These Iraqi Refugees had reached out to many, many other media outlets before VC2... more
...cannot apply from Iraq. Well, that's sort of inconvenient. Keep in mind, this is just for the under-1000 individuals identified by the US as being under special threat because of their efforts helping the US as interpreters or etc....cannot apply from Iraq. Well, that's sort of inconvenient. Keep in mind, this... more