Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Report on Iraqi Refugees

Nathaniel Hurd sends this item round. He was part of a delegation to look at the Iraq Refugee problem. This is their report:

Five-Year Iraq Conflict Has Caused Massive Refugee Crisis;
IRC Commission Calls U.S. / World Response ‘Grossly Inadequate’

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq five years ago and its violent aftermath have produced one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, yet the “Coalition of the Willing” has been mostly unwilling to own up to it and provide adequate aid for the innocent bystanders.

More than four million Iraqi civilians are estimated to be uprooted by horrific violence and in dire need of help in a crisis that is largely hidden from the public and ignored by the international community, according to a report issued today by the International Rescue Committee’s Commission on Iraqi Refugees.

The report, “Five Years Later, a Hidden Crisis,” is available if you click on this link


Hooky said...

The IRC report notes that "the majority of the refugees are educated, had decent jobs and were leading middle class lives in Iraq". UK residents wishing to help the academics among them should have a look at www.academic-refugees.org (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics).

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William said...

Thanks for this Hooky. Helpful. Our Baghdad office has been coming under fire - hospitals filled with casualties again. Bodes ill for the future - more refugees again God forbid just when things were getting better