We’ve written before about Refugee International’s head honcho, Ken Bacon. Yesterday, Mr. Bacon breathlessly reported on his blog World:Bridge:
I spent the afternoon with a whirlwind working to protect Iraqi refugees in Egypt.
He is talking about his afternoon in a Cairo apartment huddled with assorted activists (see the list here) on the Iraqi Refugee Crisis.
All have been inspired and educated by Barbara Harrell-Bond. All are passionate in their commitment.
Among the group are two Iraqi refugees.
But for two in the group, the passion is turning into fear and frustration. The two Iraqi refugees–both highly fluent in English, both former workers for the U.S. cause in Iraq—have begun the long process of trying to resettle in the U.S. They are running out of money; one already had to send his wife and child back to Baghdad.
This doesn’t make sense! If it is so dangerous to stay in Iraq for anyone who ever worked for us or their families how is it that any decent man would send his wife and child there. Think of the men in your life, would they ever in a million years do such a thing—send their family into danger while they lolled around garden apartments in Cairo with a bunch of political activists and film makers?