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IRC in NY Times: "The U.S. must lead and it is failing"
April 23, 2008
By The IRC
|Photo: Melissa Winkler/The IRC|
|In an opinion piece in yesterday's New York Times, the International Rescue Committee says Iraqi refugees are living in deplorable and declining conditions in Syria and Jordan. "They are clustered not in camps but in overcrowded urban neighborhoods, crammed into dark, squalid apartments," say the four co-authors, all of whom took part in a recent IRC delegation to the Middle East. "Many have been traumatized by extreme violence. Their savings are dwindling; many cannot afford to pay for rent, heat and food; few have proper medical care.""There is no denying that the United States has a special responsibility to help," the co-authors say. "The sectarian violence these Iraqi refugees fled is a byproduct of the invasion and its chaotic aftermath." The op-ed outlines critical steps the United States and the international community should take to address the humanitarian emergency. Please read this urgent call for action in the New York Times and send it to family and friends. ALSO IN THE NEWS A cover article in yesterday's USA Today spotlights the small number of Iraqi refugees being granted refuge in the United States. The story is set in Boise, Idaho, one of nearly 20 U.S. locations where the IRC is helping newly arrived Iraqi refugees: HOW TO HELP Millions of Iraqis have had to flee horrific violence. You can speak out for the innocent bystanders of the Iraq conflict. Please add your name to our pledge to aid desperate and uprooted Iraqis and spread the word about their plight. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Iraqi families.|