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Iraq Refugees

You Can Provide Comfort, Care to Those Affected by Humanitarian Crises in Africa, Iraq

Juanita Rilling | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Juanita Rilling

Recently, we have watched with alarm as images from West Africa and Northern Iraq fill the newscasts and are reminded that people affected by other disasters -- these complex humanitarian emergencies -- require support just as much as those affected by natural disasters.

Syrian Refugee Barber Provides Haircuts To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact

Nawan remembers how powerful a simple gesture can be. As a barber forced to leave his home country of Syria due to civil war and benefiting from the g...

ISIS Has Displaced More Than 1.8 Million Iraqis. Here's How You Can Help Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact

The Islamic State militant group has upended life for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis affected by the group's expanding influence in the region. En...

This Is the Worst Refugee Crisis Since WWII. It's Time for Us to Rethink Our Response

Jan Egeland | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Jan Egeland

We cannot keep returning again and again with emergency aid.

Yazidi Woman Who Fled ISIS Militants Names Her Newborn 'Refugee'

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

In a makeshift refugee camp near Dohuk, Iraq, a woman recently gave birth to a baby girl and named her Hajir, or "Refugee" in Arabic. She wants her da...

I Survived Saddam's Chemical Attacks, but I Never Imagined a Crisis Like This

Aram Shakaram | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Aram Shakaram

These are problems that can only be fixed with more funding and resources, and now is the time to respond. Not only are the displaced battling to survive each day, they don't know how long they can stay wherever they are, if they will need to flee again or if their lives will ever return to normal. When and how this ends, nobody knows. What we do know is that humanitarian aid is desperately needed to keep people alive. The road ahead is long and the international community needs to step up now to save Iraq before it falls beyond repair.

Obama: 'We Broke The ISIL Seige Of Mt. Sinjar' In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama gave a statement Thursday from Martha's Vineyard, where he's on vacation, addressing the U.S. military's efforts to help Yazidi...

Ground Troops Arrive In Iraq To Assess Plan To Help Save Refugees (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: Aug. 13, 5:52 p.m. -- CNN and CBS report a small group of special forces flew into Mt. Sinjar in black hawk helicopters, and departed after sp...

Sophia Jones

Yazidi Refugees Recount Desperate Struggle To Flee Islamist Militants In Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

SILOPI, Turkey -- The Omers' journey to safety was the stuff of nightmares: gun-wielding militants firing on cars of screaming children, tens of thous...

Iraqi Villagers Flee In Fear Of Militant Advance In The North

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.26.2014 | World

KALAK, Iraq (AP) -- Hundreds of villagers fleeing advances by Sunni militants in Iraq crowded on Thursday under the morning sun at a checkpoint on the...

Sophia Jones

Iraqis Ask Which Is Worse: Extremists Or The Government?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- A young Kurdish fighter who introduces himself only as Akram mans a checkpoint to get into this northern Iraqi city, the afternoon heat...

UN: 300,000 In Iraq Became Refugees This Week

AP | Posted 06.13.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against r...

The GOP Got the U.S. Into the Sequestration Mess and Needs To Compromise Its Way Out Of It

Laura Merriman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

With the sequester fast approaching, the Republican Party has forgotten that President George W. Bush racked up half our deficit on the War on Terror....

Iraq Refugees Who Came Back Flee Again From Violence And Severe Shortage Of Jobs

New York Times | JOHN LELAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A second exodus has begun here, of Iraqis who returned after fleeing the carnage of the height of the war, but now find that violence and the nation's...

The Myth of Collateral Damage: Truth, Consequences and a Challenge to 'Say It Plain'

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luis Carlos Montalván

The Iraqi refugee tragedy continues to unfold. It is time for proactive policy and action, for Americans to make friends of the people we were seeking to help by doing the right things.

Simple Pleasures and Long-term Care for Iraqi Refugees in Syria

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

Fatma, 11, is one of a dozen children at the activities center International Medical Corps operates for Iraqi refugees. I can only imagine what horrors have unfolded before her eyes.

Refugees Lose Three Inspiring Champions

Anne C. Richard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne C. Richard

These three shared an outspoken passion for the cause of aiding refugees and other victims of oppression, war and poverty, but they also shared something rarer: the ability to translate concern into action.

The Modern Making of Refugee Politics

Yasmin Zaher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yasmin Zaher

The deeper one delves into the issue, the more Iraqis face injustice and the more peculiar the case of the Danish government appears.

Iraqi Refugees Make American Road Trip

Joseph Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Freeman

Iraqi students Fouad and Ahmed feel thrilled to traverse the unknown landscape of an enormous country, a place whose people and policies have had such an impact on their unlikely fates.

Iraq Refugees Look to President's Lincoln and Obama

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luis Carlos Montalván

Why is there still no US-formulated "international strategic plan" to deal with the world's largest refugee crisis caused when our nation invaded Iraq over 6 years ago? On World Refugee Day, we can do better.

Obama Focuses on Iraqi Displacement

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ken Bacon

When President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki in Baghdad last week, he mentioned the U.S. interest in helping displaced Iraqis return home.

Anniversary in Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Freddy Deknatel

Khalid and Hussein are friends from Baghdad, though Hussein in his forties is a bit older. He is Shi'i; Khalid is Sunni. None of this matters to them.

Addressing the Challenge of Iraqi Displacement

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ken Bacon

The number of Iraqi refugees is too large to resettle into neighboring countries. Therefore, the only real, long-term solution to the Iraqi displacement problem is return to Iraq.

From Jordan: Iraqis Need Our Help

Luis Carlos Montalván and Tyler Boudreau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván and Tyler Boudreau

Iraq refugees say the reason they will not return to Iraq is that it is too dangerous and unlivable. Yet living conditions in Jordan are arduous. They wait for a miracle, because that is all that is left.

In Jabal al-Jofa, Iraq Vets Sow Seeds Of Hope

Karin Zeitvogel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Zeitvogel

Welcome to Jabal al-Jofa, one of Amman's poorest neighbourhoods, and home to Ahmed Thahir and his family, refugees from Iraq. We had chosen Amman, Jordan as the venue of the mission, and tonight's visit was aimed at giving us greater insight into how the most destitute of refugees live.