Project: Remember the Iraq War?


The United Nations estimates that nearly 1.7 million Iraqis have fled the country since 2003, with nearly 100,000 fleeing to Syria and Jordan each month.

Jordan had taken in roughly 750,000 Iraqi refugees since the war began, although the total estimate of Iraqis in Jordan is anywhere between 1 and 2 million. Less than a third have a job, according to the Norwegion NGO Fafo.

In Syria, the situation is perhaps even more difficult. Despite the fact that many Iraqi refugees are highly educated, they are prohibited from joining the workforce, navigating countless bureaucratic hurdles as they are stuck for years in limbo with no place to call home.

In this project we features stories by VJ Kristen Gillespie, based in Amman, Jordan. In the summer of 2009 she spoke to Iraqi refugees in Jordan, waiting to be able to return to their country.

Kristin also interviewed Imran Riza, the UNHCR representative in Jordan about the difficulties that refugees face and how is organization is struggling to cope with thousands of newcomers.

Journalist and artist Sarah Glidden recently traveled through Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon with reporters from the Common Language Project to research her next graphic novel. With contributing reporting from CLP, Glidden brings to life a some of the refugees with her vivid watercolors in "The Waiting Room." You can check out Sarah’s comic here: Also definitely take a look at the Common Language Project and their stories on Iraqi refugees.

Coming up! VJ Alex Stonehill recently traveled to Iraq and brings us an update of the refugee situation inside the country.

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