“The fleeing of Iraqis from their war-torn country is creating the largest refugee crisis in the Middle East since 1948. Up to 2 million Iraqis have left their homes and fled overseas, with about 1.2 million of them in Syria, followed by another 750,000 in Jordan, 100,000 in Egypt, 54,000 in Iran, 40,000 in Lebabon and 10,000 in Turkey. An upsurge in violence over the past year is adding to the problem: up to 50,000 Iraqis are now fleeing their country each month.
In Damascus, about six buses arrive from Baghdad each night carrying the latest wave. The flood of refugees is overwhelming the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is unable to process the necessary paperwork in many cases for up to six months. During that time, the Iraqis are simply “visitors,” unable to work and depending on relatives and savings for their survival. Iraqi neighborhoods are now popping up around the city, with one road in southern Damascus nicknamed Iraqi Street. There, and in surrounding streets, a vast commercial district has sprung up, with cafes full of Iraqi men playing cards and drinking tea.”
To see Joachim Ladefoged’s short movie :
“THE FLIGHT FROM IRAQ” – paste link into new window
source: viiphoto [click on titel]