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    "Staying in Iraq is like committing suicide," said Hala Numan Jabre, a 41-year-old mother of three girls as she threw her six coloured bags onto the bus.

    "There is no safe life in Iraq, it's like a jungle. There are no public services, there is no rule of law, and everywhere there is killing and kidnapping. That is why we've decided to take our daughters away until things get better, God willing," Hala, a teacher of English, said.

    Every month, tens of thousands of Iraqis flee to Jordan and Syria - the only two neighbouring countries which have opened their borders to Iraqi refugees. "The situation in Iraq continues to worsen," the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement on 5 June, and "the number of Iraqis fleeing to neighbouring countries remains high". At least 2.2 million Iraqis are sheltering in Jordan and Syria.

    http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publis...le_59311.shtml
    Plight of Iraqi refugees worsens as Syria, Jordan impose restrictions

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    "Staying in Iraq is like committing suicide," said Hala Numan Jabre, a 41-year-old mother of three girls as she threw her six coloured bags onto the bus.

    "There is no safe life in Iraq, it's like a jungle. There are no public services, there is no rule of law, and everywhere there is killing and kidnapping. That is why we've decided to take our daughters away until things get better, God willing," Hala, a teacher of English, said.

    Every month, tens of thousands of Iraqis flee to Jordan and Syria - the only two neighbouring countries which have opened their borders to Iraqi refugees. "The situation in Iraq continues to worsen," the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement on 5 June, and "the number of Iraqis fleeing to neighbouring countries remains high". At least 2.2 million Iraqis are sheltering in Jordan and Syria.

    http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publis...le_59311.shtml
    Plight of Iraqi refugees worsens as Syria, Jordan impose restrictions

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    • #3
      As Congress ties itself up in knots wrangling with the Bush administration over what to do with 12 million illegal immigrants already in the United States, it is an absolute scandal that in the past seven months only 69 people from Iraq have been granted refuge in America. Last year, a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was leaked to a reporter, revealing the U.S. has no contingency plans to help Iraqis if there is a withdrawal. Apparently, we learned little from the evacuation of Saigon. Even Iraqis who have been physically threatened for helping top U.S. government officials or translating for the military are not being given visas.

      Americans are dying every day in Iraq, ostensibly to help that country be free, yet Iraqis make up less than 1 percent of the total foreign-born population in the United States. Only about 90,000 people born in Iraq live in the United States, and nearly all of them were in the United States before the current war began. President Bush, determined to stay the course in Iraq, has never spoken publicly about the problem of what is happening to Iraqis loyal to the Americans but caught in the deadly crossfire, first, from the insurgency and now a civil war. He has never spoken of our responsibility to help them.

      Bush wants immigrants here illegally to have a process to gain citizenship, but he has done nothing to help Iraqis endangered because they have helped us after we invaded their country. He has not even ordered American consul officials in Baghdad to grant visas to Iraqis most at risk. If they can get out of Iraq, they have a better chance of going to London than of going to New York. Word is spreading quickly that in Iraq, if you help Americans, your days may well be numbered and your death will be a painful one because the Americans will not help you in return.

      The United Nations reports that 40,000 Iraqis every month are losing their homes and becoming refugees. This has become the largest refugee crisis in Middle East since the upheaval that greeted the creation of Israel nearly 60 years ago. According to U.N. estimates, there may be as many as 3.7 million Iraqis made homeless inside and outside the country by the violence.

      http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinio...eatters27.html
      Last month, the United States admitted one immigrant from Iraq

      http://www.ft.com/cms/s/6595984e-1db4-11dc-89f7-000b5df...9f-00000e2511c8.html
      Iraq's professionals flee death threats

      http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/ohio/news/world/17381765.h...s&channel=ohio_world
      Iraqi refugees flood into Syria

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      • #4
        Although they make up only about 5% of Iraq's population, Christians make up nearly 40% of the refugees fleeing Iraq, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

        Long an integral part of Baghdad's diverse ethnic and religious communities, Christians have lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors for generations, said Abdullah al-Naufali, head of Iraq's Christians Endowment.

        But as Iraq's violence flared after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, churches and Christian homes were targeted, al-Naufali said. Ten of Baghdad's 80 Christian churches have closed, and more than half of Baghdad's Christian population has fled, he said.

        http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/i...ans-iraq_N.htm
        Christians, targeted and suffering, flee Iraq

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        • #5
          http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-07-09-us-i...efugees_N.htm?csp=34
          US lags on pledge to admit Iraq refugees - USATODAY.com

          http://www.keralanext.com/news/?id=1042794
          US war crimes in Iraq

          http://www.upi.com/International_Intelligence/Analysis/...sible_refugees/7619/
          The United States can easily accept 20,000 to 30,000 Iraqi refugees per year

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...rss_email/components
          United States has given refuge to fewer than 800 Iraqis since 2003 - washingtonpost.com

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