Friday, February 15, 2008

UNHCR Seeking More Assistance for Iraqi Refugees

The U.S. invasion of Iraq has led to many travesties, including the displacement of millions of Iraqi nationals who have had to flee the region. CNN reports on recent efforts of the UNHCR on behalf of those refugees:

Some 2 million Iraqis have fled their country, most seeking refuge in Syria and Jordan, and another 2.4 million have been displaced inside Iraq, according to the United Nations.

The head of the U.N. refugee agency is on the road this week in the Middle East, trying to drum up more world support for a people in "desperate" straits.

Antonio Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, traveled Tuesday to Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah II and thanked him for hosting the displaced. He also met with refugees and government ministers.

Guterres traveled to Syria on Thursday to meet with refugees, aid workers and officials.

Ron Redmond, Guterres' spokesman, said Guterres had been in the region about a year ago and returned to review programs addressing public health, food, shelter, education assistance and refugee resettlement in Syria and Jordan. Click here for the rest of the story.


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