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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:32 PM
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Iraq’s Troubles Drive Out Refugees Who Came Back
BAGHDAD — A second exodus has begun here, of Iraqis who returned after fleeing the carnage of the height of the war, but now find that violence and the nation’s severe lack of jobs are pulling them away from home once again.

Since the American invasion in 2003, refugees have been a measure of the country’s precarious condition, flooding outward during periods of violence and trickling back as Iraq seemed to stabilize. This new migration shows how far the nation remains from being stable and secure.

Abu Maream left Iraq after a mortar round killed his brother-in-law in 2005. Amar al-Obeidi left when insurgents threatened to kill him and raided his shops. Hazim Hadi Mohammed al-Tameemi left because the doctors who treated his wife’s ovarian cancer had fled the country.

All three joined the flow of refugees who returned as violence here ebbed. But now they want to leave again.

“The only thing that’s stopping me is I don’t have the money,” said Mr. Maream, who gave only a partial name — literally, father of Maream — because he feared reprisal from extremists in his neighborhood. “We are Iraqis in name only.”

Nearly 100,000 refugees have returned since 2008, out of more than two million who left since the invasion, according to the Iraqi government and the United Nations high commissioner for refugees.

Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/world/middleeast/27re...
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:41 PM
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1. Gawd
Edited on Fri Nov-26-10 10:42 PM by BeFree
What the hell have we done? Will it ever end? I feel so bad for the Iraqis. And shame for my country.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 07:31 AM
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3. In a while, Iraq will be West-Iran
We created chaos that will allow Iran to take over.,. count on it..
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 11:47 PM
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2. Which reminds me: I wonder if we'll ever find out what happened to Riverbend.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 08:33 AM
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4. I Was Thinking The Same Thing...
Her blog ended when she escaped into Syria. The last entry on her blog is October 27, 2007.
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