Iraqi refugees from an Iraq legislator’s point of view

Here’s an article on Iraqi refugees, internal and external, that is more informative than usual. Maybe that’s because the focus is on the Iraqi government rather than on bashing the United States. It begins:

The problem of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Iraqi refugees in neighbouring countries is likely to grow into a regional and international problem because the government appears to have no clear policy to tackle it, a member of parliament (MP) said on 12 May.

 “The government’s obvious inability to solve the problem of IDPs and refugees could lead to serious regional and international problems, as there is no clear and comprehensive policy to get them back into their homes,” MP Abdul-Khaliq Zankana, head of parliament’s Displacement and Migration Committee, said.

 “These problems will hit Iraqi security and society. The absence of support and appropriate solutions will leave them easy prey to militias and armed gangs inside Iraq and [make them into] possible recruits to intelligence services outside Iraq,” Zankana said.

The Migration and Displacement Committee wants the government to set aside three to five percent of Iraq’s oil revenues to help the internally displaced persons. The Iraqi government hasn’t taken any action and the committee threatens to resign.  Now here’s a fact I haven’t seen anywhere else:

Iraq’s displacement problem dates back nearly 25 years and is the result of some of former president Saddam Hussein’s policies, and three wars – the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, the first Gulf War of 1991 and the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

So  it’s not all due to our invasion/liberation? Saddam Hussein had something to do with it? Well, I’ll be darned.

If the Iraqi government can’t get itself together to do something about the internal refugees it’s unlikely that it will do much to bring home the external ones. Maybe they need some help from some U.S. advisors. They have the money but seem unable to figure out how to spend it.

I found this article on the Reuters Foundation AlertNet: Alerting Humanitarians to Emergencies. AlertNet’s home page says this:

AlertNet for journalists is a set of tools and services designed to make life easier for reporters, fact-checkers and editors when covering humanitarian emergencies.

The article is credited to IRIN, a “humanitarian news and analysis site” run by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 

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