Displaced Women in Iraq

Iraqi woman carrying water Out of the almost 2 million internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq, 13% are families headed by women. Most of these women are widows, although some have fled their communities because of gender-based threats. In a country that gives women less opportunities than men, IDP women and their families can have … Continue reading

At the Airport

I was waiting for my husband at the airport when I saw that some case workers from Refugee Services were waiting there, too. There were a few cameramen with them, and they all looked out excitedly toward the gate. Soon a couple walked out from behind the corner carrying small, blue plastic bags. They were … Continue reading

Found in Translation

Recently my husband went with Refugee Services to pick up a refugee from the airport and help him get to his new home. Usually this involves showing the individual or family around their new apartment, helping them understand what food is on their shelves, and then leaving them alone so that they can sleep for … Continue reading

What Makes an Iraqi Refugee

Chances are, if you live in or near a big city, you almost certainly have Iraqi refugees nearby. After seven years of war and occupation, millions of Iraqis have fled to other countries seeking status as refugees, and millions of others are internally displaced in Iraq. Displaced Palestinian-Iraqi family near Jordanian border Many of the … Continue reading

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