IRC in the News
Somehow the bullets that sprayed the car that Ubaida Mufrej was riding in with a group of Iraqi contractors didn't hit any of them, even though the driver had pushed through three armed men blocking a desert road outside of Baghdad that day in 2006.
SAN DIEGO — The Iraq War has been officially over for nearly a year and a half. But refugees from the conflict are still being admitted to the United States by the thousands, and many of those continue to settle in the city of El Cajon, east of San Diego.
Coping with cyclical droughts has become a way of life for millions of Somalis. If water is not readily available, families often spend a large portion of their income on purchasing it, taking away from a meager stock of funds that would otherwise have gone for spending on food and other essentials.
Exactly 10 years ago, he was a draftee in Saddam Hussein’s army stationed in Basra when he heard a radio broadcast announcing the U.S. invasion. He left his uniform and weapon behind and walked all the way home to Baghdad, where he later became a translator for the U.S. Army.
In his first 48 hours in the Bronx, Omar al-Mashhadani caught a few echoes of the life that he and his family had left behind in Baghdad. Thousands of people were swarming along 161st Street, toward the hulking stadium on the other side of the El on River Avenue.
In 2003 Saddam Hussein was said to have weapons of mass destruction. There were hints he was tied to September 11th. Eighty percent of Americans supported the U.S. invasion. Ten years later 58 percent say it was not worth years of unexpected combat, more than $2 trillion, and the deaths of 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis. Today we'll focus on the human consequences.