Friday, February 09, 2007


Iraqi Refugees; Human Tragedies of War Torn Country

The State Department's Rosy Deception on Iraq Refugees
Iraq's Noah Merrill responds from Amman to a State Dept.release on Refugees: "A press release by the State Department dated February 6 describes the creation of a new task force on Iraqi refugees created by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Here, close to a million Iraqis,forced to flee violence in their neighborhoods and throughout their country, try to keep a low profile and scratch out an existence in a climate that is neither welcoming nor supportive. As more and more Iraqis are displaced inside and outside Iraq, the attitudes of host governments are becoming more and more hostile."

Top UN Official: Iraqi Displacement Largest in Region Since Palestinian Crisis of 1948

Speaking in Jordan as part of a week-long tour of the region to highlight the plight of displaced Iraqis, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said today that the scale of displacement of Iraqis represents the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the crisis created for Palestinians following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Asked about the potential for resettlement of Iraqi refugees to countries outside the Middle East, Guterres emphasized that resettlement was "not an option"for the majority of Iraqi asylum seekers, given the sheer scale of the problem. To illustrate, he cited the statistic that roughly 50,000 refugees were resettled worldwide last year, compared with the more than 750,000 that UNHCR estimates to reside in Jordan alone.
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