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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-07 02:35 PM
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2. Well, there goes a brilliant source of info, but I hope HER (edited) famiy chooses JORDAN
Edited on Thu Apr-26-07 02:41 PM by MADem
There are so many more options for them, if they seek a follow on nation for asylum, from Jordan.

Since last summer, we had been discussing it more and more. It was only a matter of time before what began as a suggestion- a last case scenario- soon took on solidity and developed into a plan. For the last couple of months, it has only been a matter of logistics. Plane or car? Jordan or Syria? Will we all leave together as a family? Or will it be only my brother and I at first?

After Jordan or Syria- where then? Obviously, either of those countries is going to be a transit to something else. They are both overflowing with Iraqi refugees, and every single Iraqi living in either country is complaining of the fact that work is difficult to come by, and getting a residency is even more difficult. There is also the little problem of being turned back at the border. Thousands of Iraqis aren't being let into Syria or Jordan- and there are no definite criteria for entry, the decision is based on the whim of the border patrol guard checking your passport.

An airplane isn't necessarily safer, as the trip to Baghdad International Airport is in itself risky and travelers are just as likely to be refused permission to enter the country (Syria and Jordan) if they arrive by airplane. And if you're wondering why Syria or Jordan, because they are the only two countries that will let Iraqis in without a visa. Following up visa issues with the few functioning embassies or consulates in Baghdad is next to impossible.

So we've been busy. Busy trying to decide what part of our lives to leave behind. Which memories are dispensable? We, like many Iraqis, are not the classic refugees- the ones with only the clothes on their backs and no choice. We are choosing to leave because the other option is simply a continuation of what has been one long nightmare- stay and wait and try to survive.....
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  -Riverbend leaving Iraq Barrett808  Apr-26-07 02:30 PM   #0 
  - Kick, hope she makes it out safely nt  Greeby   Apr-26-07 02:33 PM   #1 
  - Well, there goes a brilliant source of info, but I hope HER (edited) famiy chooses JORDAN  MADem   Apr-26-07 02:35 PM   #2 
  - *her* family, you mean.  Roland99   Apr-26-07 02:39 PM   #5 
  - Ooops, you are quite right. I will correct and thank you. NT  MADem   Apr-26-07 02:41 PM   #6 
  - Question: Is that wall that was going up around that Sunni neighborhood started construction again?  meldroc   Apr-26-07 04:48 PM   #16 
     - Good questions. And be careful with that 'Ghetto' word/concept.  Ghost Dog   Apr-26-07 06:44 PM   #30 
     - It's being modified.  igil   Apr-26-07 07:35 PM   #32 
  - Truth out:  partylessinOhio   Apr-26-07 02:37 PM   #3 
  - Liberated it!  Col Jack D Ripper   Apr-26-07 04:08 PM   #13 
  - K & R  Betsy Ross   Apr-26-07 02:37 PM   #4 
  - May they all survive.  aquart   Apr-26-07 02:42 PM   #7 
  - No WE didn't, THEY did: bush, cheney, rumsfeld, the neocons,  Cookie wookie   Apr-26-07 06:04 PM   #28 
  - "There are moments when the injustice of having to leave your country,  Book Lover   Apr-26-07 02:48 PM   #8 
  - God save us from the next thing we all "know"  donkeyotay   Apr-26-07 02:51 PM   #9 
  - Blame folks like Negroponte and his death squads.  meldroc   Apr-26-07 04:55 PM   #18 
     - Spot on! People need to understand the TRUTH about this "sectarian violence", it was purposely  scarletwoman   Apr-26-07 05:33 PM   #22 
        - Yes, mosque bombings are highly suspect  psychopomp   Apr-26-07 06:12 PM   #29 
        - Escucho (I hear), scarletwoman.  Ghost Dog   Apr-26-07 06:57 PM   #31 
           - Es la verdad  ninkasi   Apr-26-07 09:19 PM   #36 
  - George W. Bush is a war criminal. n/t  AzDar   Apr-26-07 02:52 PM   #10 
  - Amen, and may he one day be prosecuted as such nt  wtmusic   Apr-26-07 03:08 PM   #12 
  - Riverbend went back into Iraq ? She left once before  ohio2007   Apr-26-07 02:58 PM   #11 
  - Husband?  shrdlu   Apr-26-07 09:42 PM   #37 
  - Hope she finds somewhere safe. This quote in her blog...  otherlander   Apr-26-07 04:26 PM   #14 
  - It's from a poem she wrote  Barrett808   Apr-26-07 09:52 PM   #38 
     - It's beautiful.  otherlander   Apr-26-07 09:55 PM   #39 
  - Perhaps get out a whisper, from here, to the right ears  Ghost Dog   Apr-26-07 04:39 PM   #15 
  - I hope she comes here to celebrate the fall of  alfredo   Apr-26-07 04:52 PM   #17 
  - She made me cry. (eom)  tblue37   Apr-26-07 05:00 PM   #19 
  - Good luck!  ShamanaSZ   Apr-26-07 05:25 PM   #20 
  - Welcome to DU  wryter2000   Apr-26-07 05:37 PM   #24 
  - me too! She has been such  brer cat   Apr-26-07 05:28 PM   #21 
  - That's so sad  wryter2000   Apr-26-07 05:35 PM   #23 
  - I am relieved she is at least still alive  davhill   Apr-26-07 05:45 PM   #25 
  - I'm relieved too  aaronbees   Apr-26-07 11:38 PM   #41 
  - Good God  Jacobin   Apr-26-07 05:53 PM   #26 
  - Hope her family makes it out okay. I've been watching for a post  mnhtnbb   Apr-26-07 05:54 PM   #27 
  - God speed on Riverbend  Dangerman   Apr-26-07 08:02 PM   #33 
  - I hope Riverbend and her family make it out safely...  MadMaddie   Apr-26-07 08:32 PM   #34 
  - I hope that when she and her family are safe  burrowowl   Apr-26-07 09:07 PM   #35 
  - May I echo your sentiments?  Frustratedlady   Apr-26-07 11:10 PM   #40 
  - Thank Negroponte, Dear Riverbend  mntleo2   Apr-27-07 12:05 AM   #42 
  - So, could some wider publicity of riverbend's case be potentially useful  Ghost Dog   Apr-27-07 06:12 AM   #43 

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