Published by AFSC 2009 PowerPoint, 5 MB & PDF, 270 KB, 8.5 X 11, Color
Topics: A powerpoint presentation and facilitator’s guide to use for classes and meetings to learn about the Iraqi refugee crisis.
Introduction: There are currently over 4 million displaced Iraqis: about half are refugees in Syria and Jordan, as well as other neighboring countries, while the other half are internally displaced. Before we explore the refugee crisis in further detail, let’s look at what caused it.
Wars, sanctions and occupation in Iraq have created a humanitarian catastrophe for Iraqis; the lives and livelihoods lost are priceless and irretrievable. And the crisis is spreading; the chaos from the invasion and occupation is no longer contained by Iraq’s borders.
Iraqi families identified as most vulnerable by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are now arriving in the United States. These families, traumatized by physical and psychological violence and the loss of support from their extended family members, will need the help of communities as they rebuild their lives
Iraq is a humanitarian catastrophe, with elements far beyond a war and occupation. The country is crippled by sectarian violence, death squads, kidnappings and criminal gangs. Deteriorating basic services, including a collapse of the health care system, lack of electricity and potable water, and personal and economic insecurity, makes orderly daily life for Iraqis nearly impossible. Military blockades and raids, sieges, secret detention centers, and imprisonment without charge or trial have caused many to leave Iraq.
American Friends Service Committee Welcomes President's Plan to End the Iraq Occupation
The American Friends Service Committee welcomes President's Obama's new direction in Iraq policy. Last week, President Obama stated for the first time his intention to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq. The President pledged not only to withdraw combat troops by the summer of 2010, but also to bring the rest of our troops home by the end of 2011.
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