tomer :: from Mother Jones Magazine: "They cheered the U.S. invasion; they offered to help, signed on as translators, risked everything they had to work for the United States. But when they had to run for their lives, America slammed the door."
the story examined the unique problem of Iraqis who helped America in the early stages of the war. they were soon targeted by insurgents and couldn't stay in Iraq. if they happened to survive the deadly desert chill on their way out of the country and make it to Jordan they had to face discrimination as they couldn't legally work or send their children to school. America's doors stayed shut.
from the story "Of Iraq's 27 million prewar population, about 1 in 8—some 3.4 million people—have left their homes since the invasion, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (unhcr), and more than half of those have ended up abroad. Refugees International labels this the world's fastest-growing humanitarian crisis. Yet the Bush administration has refused to so much as acknowledge the refugees' plight, let alone help them get to safety or even provide basic humanitarian aid."
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