Briefing from the Field - How is the IRC responding to the Iraqi refugee crisis?
(April 2008) The world's fastest growing refugee crisis is continuing to unfold in the Middle East. Five years into the Iraq conflict, more than 4 million innocent bystanders are uprooted and in dire need of help. A team from the International Rescue Committee has just returned from Jordan and Syria, where an estimated 2 million Iraqi refugees are living in fear and isolation. In a special briefing, George Biddle, IRC senior vice president, and Maureen White, co-chair, IRC overseers, describe what they saw in the field and share what they learned from meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with UNHCR representatives, and with refugee families. You will also hear from Fuad Jawad, an Iraqi refugee who fled from his home in 2006. Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, moderates the discussion.
For more information visit http://www.theirc.org//special-reports/iraqi-refugees | Transcript > (MS Word)
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