Friday, February 09, 2007

Refugee Crisis

I first began to hear of this quite some time ago (see post here, here, and here), but here's a more recent article on the refugee crisis in Iraq.

One out of every seven Iraqis has fled his or her home or sought refuge abroad, the largest movement of people in the Middle East since the war that followed Israel's creation in 1948, according to United Nations officials and relief workers. Every day, violence displaces an estimated 1,300 more Iraqis in the country; every month, at least 40,000.

On Monday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the creation of a high-level State Department task force on the refugee issue.

The Bush administration "has been slow to react to a worsening situation, amid ample warnings," Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in a statement. Rice's task force, he said, "is a hopeful sign, and it can move us forward as long as it doesn't waste time pondering the obvious."

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