Newspaper Report Iraqi refugees find new challenges, problems after retuning home to Baghdad. The Associated Press, November 30, 2007. This report from the Associated Press briefly covers the plight of those hundreds of thousand of Iraqi people returning to their homeland after spending the life of refugees for a brief period in Syria. These people, almost all of them Shiites had fled Iraq to escape the sectarian carnage inflicted on their life and properties by the Sunni insurgents. The homecoming of these people, however, had no warmth in store for them as an upshot of the big violence that was apparently brought under control with strict measures taken by the US military/security forces. Most of the refugees found their homes charred, doors broken, furniture stolen – whatever was left were in a mess. There were a few who found their houses rather intact, but with their neighborhood occupied by the security forces with a host of check points and concrete blast walls.
While it was heartening to see that the Iraqi Government was making all-out efforts to get its 2.2 million people back from the refugee camps in Syria and Jordan, the UN refugee agency has attributed the homecoming of the people to something else. Most of these refugees were going back to Iraq because they had run out of money, not only because the security situation appears to be improving, said the AP report while quoting the US refugee agency (page 1).
... creating devils, with which to scare people into bowing down and worshiping the false security god. It's the freedom from ... government would have to "abridge individual rights" and take domestic security measures "not in accordance with our values and traditions" ... of children is being raised in an environment of tight security. Schools are heavily monitored with cameras, metal detectors, frequent ...
According to AP, The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has cautioned against such haste in getting the people back as the security situation in Iraq still remains volatile (page 1).
All the same, many retuning people find the situation now definitely more agreeable to them. AP quotes one such woman refugee Abdul-Wahhab as saying, Life is far from perfect, but its better (page 1).
The AP report also referred to another Iraqi woman Umm Bassam (who has left her husband in Syria for the time being) stating that she thought the wounds may have healed but it appears as if there is still a long way to go (page 2).
Let us hope their life gets better and better with every passing day. They deserve to get back everything they had lost during the carnage and its aftermath. Reference Associated Press (November 30, 2007).
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