Iraqi Refugees– 2.3 Million of ’em

And the news out of Iraq keeps going from grim to grimmer. Refugees International has put out recently a report here that there are now 2.3 million Iraqi refugees with 1.8 million having left the country and another 500,000 internally displaced. Since Iraq’s population numbers around 27 million that’s nearing 10% of the population. And I have more than a little feeling that this is going to get a whole lot worse as the civil war escalates.

Most of the refugees leaving Iraq are locating themselves in neighboring Jordan and Syria, while Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have closed the door. Human Rights Watch has a report here on the situation of Iraqi refugees face in Jordan.

I recently heard somebody compare Iraq to Humpty-Dumpty, as in it’s impossible to put something like this (Iraqi society) back together after all the chaos that has been unleashed by the Iraqi war. I don’t have any answers in that department, but I would say that the U.S. has a responsibilty to deal with the Iraqi refugees. The anti-war movement, for what its worth, should raise the demand for opening our country for resettlement and also reparations payments. As Colin Powell said, “You break it, you own it.”


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