September 19, 2007 |
When President Bush spoke to the nation about Iraq last week he predicted that if American troops left soon, "Iraq could face a humanitarian nightmare. " He's right. Things could get worse. But Iraqis already face a humanitarian nightmare as millions of refugees flee their homes to escape ethnic cleansing. More than 2 million are displaced within Iraq, and 2.2 million have poured into neighboring countries, according to U.N. agencies. That's around a sixth of Iraq's entire population, many living in desperate conditions, with tens of thousands still escaping monthly.
April 2, 2008 |
In several recent speeches on Iraq, there was one issue President Bush never mentioned. That's the issue of Iraqi refugees. More than two million Iraqi refugees are struggling to survive outside Iraq, the bulk of them in neighboring Jordan and Syria. Only a small percentage are rich former Baathist supporters of Saddam Hussein. Most are middle-class Iraqis, including thousands of Christians who were "ethnically cleansed" from urban neighborhoods and forced to flee for their lives.
August 19, 2011 |
SAN DIEGO - Federal officials said Thursday they had broken up a drug-trafficking ring involving Mexico's most powerful cartel and members of an Iraqi immigrant community in the United States who were caught selling illegal drugs, assault rifles, grenades, and homemade explosives. About 60 people from the Iraqi community were arrested after a six-month investigation carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration and police in El Cajon, a working-class city east of San Diego. Many of the suspects are Iraqi Chaldeans - Christians who fled their homeland amid threats from al-Qaeda and other extremists.
April 29, 1991 |
The U.S. military yesterday began airlifting Shiite Muslim refugees from southern Iraq to a camp in Saudi Arabia, where they are expected to stay until it is safe for them to return home. Five planes yesterday carried about 340 refugees from a U.S. Army-protected camp in Safwan to a camp erected by the Saudi government in Rafha. By tomorrow, the daily number of passengers is expected to increase to as many as 1,500, so that by early next month, up to 15,000 Iraqi Shiites will be moved to Rafha.
July 19, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Authorities are rescreening more than 58,000 Iraqi refugees living in the United States to determine whether lapses in immigration security allowed former insurgents and potential terrorists to enter the country, U.S. officials said. The investigation was given added urgency after U.S. intelligence agencies warned that al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq and Yemen had tried to exploit immigration loopholes in an attempt to infiltrate the country with their operatives. The rescreening began late last year after the FBI learned that an Iraqi man in Kentucky had participated in roadside bomb attacks in Iraq before he was granted U.S. political asylum in 2009.
December 15, 2003 |
The Al-Manar Restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia is closed Sundays. Except this one. As apple-scented smoke from a water pipe filled the room, five men, Iraqi refugees all, kissed one another on the cheek, shook hands, and said, "Congratulations. " Then they sat, smoking and talking, watching Arabic television, and shouting "monkey" and "coward" when Saddam Hussein's picture appeared. (A typical comment: "You got $750,000. Couldn't you get a haircut?") The calls started coming in at 5 a.m., from family in Baghdad, friends in Detroit, and all over the world.
July 11, 2007 |
When Tamara Daghistani's cell phone rings in Amman, Jordan, the caller is usually another desperate Iraqi refugee. As we sat together last month, the call was from a woman who had fled Baghdad with her husband and three kids. Her husband was killed during a visit back to Baghdad to bury his mother. Now the woman has no way to support three young children. She sends her boys out to nightclubs at night to beg. Daghistani spends her time helping less fortunate countrymen. With around 2 million Iraqi refugees crowded into Jordan and Syria, and 30,000 arriving in Syria weekly, this exodus is the biggest Iraqi crisis almost no one discusses.
March 15, 2007
Washington is creating more animosity among Iraqis and friendly Middle East nations with its pathetic response to the growing refugee emergency in Iraq. The United Nations estimates that 700,000 Iraqis fled to neighboring Jordan, as many as one million more to Syria, and an additional 160,000 to other countries to avoid sectarian violence. Syria and Jordan are straining under the added population. They have made clear they expect others to take some of those refugees to relieve the stress.
February 22, 2012 |
THE "Walter Cronkite of Iraq" lives in Northeast Philly in a second-floor apartment next to a gas station on Bustleton Avenue. Bahjat Abdulwahed, now 72 and an Iraqi refugee, was a dashing young man in his 20s when he worked as the chief TV news announcer for the government-run station in Baghdad in the 1960s. He then jumped to the radio side of the government-owned media complex, lending his perfect Arabic diction to broadcasting the major news events for two decades, including the daily anxieties of the Iraq-Iran war from 1980 to 1988.
March 26, 2010 |
Gabriela Bulisova is a go-getter. Much of her artistic activity early in her career has been documentary photos of marginalized people in several lands, most notably at Chernobyl. And in 2009, she turned her attention to a hot-button issue: Iraqi refugees in our country. These pictures by this young Washington photographer, who hails from the former Czechoslovakia, are on view in her show - "The Option of Last Resort: Iraqi Refugees in the United States" - at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.