Thursday, 10 July 2008

Failed Responsibility: Iraqi Refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:59 PDT

A refugee crisis was feared before the coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003, but it came later than anticipated, and on a greater scale. It started not because of the military action, but two years later, when American efforts to rebuild the country faltered, violence escalated, and civilians became the targets of insurgent groups and sectarian militias.

And while exact numbers are uncertain, the scale of the problem is not in dispute: today, Iraq’s refugee crisis – with some two and a half million outside the country and the same number internally displaced – ranks as the world’s second in terms of numbers, preceded only by Afghanistan and ahead of Sudan.

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