[lit-ideas] A New America? (well, it's Texas, after all)

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 05:47:44 EDT

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The United Nations estimates that up to 1.6  million 
Iraqis have left their homes for other countries in "a steady, silent  exodus" 
as a result of the war and sectarian violence, forcing the U.N. refugee  
agency to announce a shift in priorities. 
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said it plans to focus on the  
deteriorating humanitarian situation facing people who are fleeing, as opposed  
those returning home. 
"The enormous scale of the needs, the ongoing violence and the difficulties  
in reaching the displaced make it a problem that is practically beyond the  
capacity of humanitarian agencies, including UNHCR," it said. 
The 2006 budget of $29 million for its Iraq operation was still $9 million  
short, the agency said, adding that more funding is needed to address the  
refugee crisis. 
At least 40,000 Iraqis a month were arriving in Syria, according to U.N.  
staffers monitoring the border. Refugees have also fled to Iran, and "tens of  
thousands" are headed to Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, the Gulf states and Europe,"  
the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said. 
The agency estimated there are half a million Iraqis already in Jordan and  
450,000 in Syria, adding that while some have been outside Iraq for a decade or 
 more, arrivals have steadily risen since the war began in  2003.

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