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MonteSano Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:15 AM
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1.6 million Iraqis have fled their country
Iraq is in flight. Everywhere inside and outside the country, Iraqis who once lived in their own houses cower for safety six or seven to a room in hovels.

Many go after they have been threatened. Often they leave after receiving an envelope with a bullet inside and a scrawled note telling them to get out immediately. Others flee after a relative has been killed, believing they will be next.

Out of the population of 26 million, 1.6 million Iraqis have fled the country and a further 1.5 million are displaced within Iraq, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In Jordan alone there are 500,000 Iraqi refugees and a further 450,000 in Syria. In Syria alone they are arriving at the rate of 40,000 a month.

It is one of the largest long-term population movements in the Middle East since Israel expelled Palestinians in the 1940s. Few of the Iraqis taking flight now show any desire to return to their homes. The numbers compelled to take to the roads have risen dramatically this year with 365,000 new refugees since the bombing of the Shia shrine in Samara in February.



http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article...
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:26 AM
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1. People complain about muslims moving to France, England & the US, but at
the same time, the western nations are driving these people from their homes.

We can't have it both ways. If nations don't want muslims relocating outside of the middle east, perhaps it would be a good idea to stop invading those nations and bombing and killing them...

Just a thought.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:51 AM
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2. You mean they've cut and run?
Riverbend talks about this a lot, too. She loves her country, but really is getting tired of seeing all the best of Iraq's people go to where they can start their lives safe from the shock and the awe of American liberation.
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