Saturday, February 24, 2007

Iraqi refugees

Some time ago I was hoping that some quality news service would do a substantial piece on Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries. Here's a good one from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Note this excerpt:
The[re] are a few camps, but the camps are very small and are there for particular minorities. For instance, the Palestinians who come from Iraq are stuck in camps in between borders -- in between the Syrian and Iraqi borders. They've been living in a no-man's land for almost a year now.
Students in my History of Islamic Civilization course should note that this is pretty typical of Arab treatment of Palestinians. They always get a lot more symbolic than practical attention. Not that Iraqis are being treated well. As the article says the countries receiving this flood of refugees have few resources of their own to cope, and no help from the outside world.

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