POLITICS
11/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iraq's Sectarian Cleansing Sees Families Attacked For Returning Home

BAGHDAD -- Haj Ali's family had been home for less than a month when a makeshift bomb blew off part of his garage. The message was clear: Go back to wherever you came from.

Two years ago, when Sunni Muslims began killing Shiites in Ali's west Baghdad neighborhood, he quickly gathered a few belongings and fled. Last month, his family returned home. They didn't stay long.

"We thought it was safe," Ali said. "Now I see that for us, home means death. There are still people who don't want us there."

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