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This Week's Voices: 'The U.S. must aid Iraqis who risked their lives to help America'
December 16, 2011 by The IRC
|The UN estimates nearly 1.3 million Iraqis are displaced inside Iraq and 1.6 million Iraqi refugees remain in nearby countries like Syria and Jordan. Photo: Jessica Malter/IRC|
The International Rescue Committee's Bob Carey and Laura Jacoby on the major crisis in Iraq and the region as the United States withdraws its troops from Iraq — plus, other notable quotes touching on the IRC's work around the world:
“The United States may be ending its military mission in Iraq, but it still has a responsibility to aid Iraqis uprooted by the war it started and to protect the most vulnerable, especially those who put their lives in jeopardy to help America."
- Bob Carey, the IRC’s leading resettlement policy expert, in an IRC press release issued on December 14. Read about one Iraqi family’s personal tragedy and what the IRC is doing to help.
"The main worry is that with the U.S. forces leaving, international donors may go as well. The Iraqi government is organizing assistance, but we face a very serious problem inside Iraq and in Syria and Jordan as well."
- Laura Jacoby, with the IRC in Baghdad. She was quoted in a story published today in the UK newspaper, The Independent: "Will Iraq's 1.3 million refugees ever be able to go home?"
"I have seen how the IRC’s work saves whole families from eradication: My family was one of them."
- Semir Tanovic, a former refugee from Bosnia-Herzegovina, now director of the IRC's Global Supply Chain unit.
“I identify a lot with the mission of the IRC in helping children and their families who flee from dangerous situations. I cannot imagine a work more gratifying than using my time and voice to support their humanitarian work. Helping people in need has always been my dream.”
- Jencarlos Canela, actor, singer and IRC Voice. He recently returned from a visit to Haiti to see the IRC's work assisting displaced earthquake survivors.
"These gifts are more fun, more inspiring and more meaningful than most gifts."
- Melissa Winkler, the IRC's senior communications director on Rescue Gifts, IRC holiday gifts that save lives. She was quoted in a December 14 CNN story on "Why goats and chickens make great holiday gifts."
“We couldn’t wait for the rebuilding to be completed. The needs are too great.”
- Prafulla Mishra, the IRC’s country director for Somalia, based in Nairobi. The IRC is helping the Somali ministry of health refurbish and reopen a bombed-out clinic in the war-ravaged capital, Mogadishu. As the repairs continue, we are providing desperately needed medical services from temporary tents erected on the site.
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