bradThe Iraq Refugee CrisisTue Oct 2, 2007 20:2066.32.17.253
The Iraq Refugee Crisis
im only posting a portion of the article, its pretty long,
but this inst the first ive heard of how big a problem this is.
Anyone with money has already left Iraq, maybe never to return.
This has created HUGE problems with cities in the region.
Not to mention what it has left in Iraq ?
Only the people who couldn't leave.
Many of those who are young and have no job,
many are recruited by either terror organizations,
or by Shia or Sunni organizations fighting against each other.
Many have called this the most important
under-reported story of the year
Deborah Amos: Itís very, very tough. And Iíve covered refugees for most of my career. And this is a differentĖ this is a different population. Because you canít help thinking that it could be me. You know, Iíve met journalists just like me who have the same level of education just like me. And they have been forced to take their savings. I donít know what I would do. So, itís not even empathy. You donít have to imagine. It is so stark and clear to you when you talk to people who speak English as well as you do that thereís no translation problem. You get it.
BILL MOYERS: We turn now to one of the most neglected consequences of the war in Iraq, the humanitarian crisis thatís been unfolding since the American invasion 4 1/2 years ago. Itís almost beyond comprehension, two million inter-refugees inside the country, a million dispossessed in Baghdad alone, their numbers rising stupendously during the surge. Another two million have fled to other countries, over 1 1/2 million to Syria, another million or so to Lebanon and to Jordan which has now closed its borders. Among the refugees are Iraqis escaping reprisals for cooperating with Americans. The Bush Administration has allowed fewer than 1,000 of them into the U.S. This week the Senate passed the Iraqi Refugee Crisis Act, calling on the President to do more. Weíre seeing a human tragedy unfold with consequences that can only compound in the months to come as the power vacuum in Iraq spreads. Joining me to talk about this is George Packer. Heís a staff writer for The New Yorker whoís acclaimed for his articles, essays and reviews on foreign affairs. In 2005 his book, The Assassinís Gate, America in Iraq was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best of the year. This week heís more justly proud of being the father of a brand new baby, Charlie, obviously also one of the ten best of the year. And National Public Radioís, Deborah Amos, whoís been a colleague of mine in public broadcasting since 1977, 30 years now. Deb Amos is one of the few American journalists to cover this story. Sheís just back from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, her fifth trip to the region to report on the refugees. Welcome to you both.
The Flight from Iraq