[xmca] Fwd: Help Us Help Two Million Iraqi Refugees

From: David Preiss (davidpreiss@uc.cl)
Date: Thu Dec 07 2006 - 13:19:41 PST

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> From: "Ken Bacon, Refugees International"
> <RefugeesInternational@mail.democracyinaction.org>
> Date: December 7, 2006 6:12:59 PM GMT-03:00
> To: davidpreiss@uc.cl
> Subject: Help Us Help Two Million Iraqi Refugees
> Reply-To: RefugeesInternational@mail.democracyinaction.org
> HELP us help two million Iraqi refugees.
> "Our two sons were kidnapped. As Sunnis, we were told to leave or
> die."
> "I was kidnapped and nearly died because I am Shi'a."
> "As a Christian painter, my life was at risk in Iraq."
> "I was shot three times because I worked for western NGOs."
> These are just a few of the voices of Iraqi refugees, from our web
> piece, "Iraqi Refugees: Stories of Persecution and Flight,"
> documenting a neglected aspect of the crisis in Iraq. Few
> governments want to discuss this situation, but Refugees
> International, as always, is alerting the world to another
> humanitarian crisis.
> What's happening:
> Iraq's misery is migrating.
> There are now about two million refugees who are seeking protection
> and shelter in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iran and other countries.
> As many as 3,000 Iraqis are fleeing the danger and violence every day.
> What needs to be done:
> The U.S., the UN and host countries must develop a coherent
> regional approach to the influx of refugees.
> Donors must support an expansion of programs by the UN refugee agency.
> What we're doing: We are intensely engaged in alerting the world to
> this rapidly growing crisis:
> We just completed a mission to Syria and Jordan, to see for
> ourselves, to talk to Iraqi refugees and to local and international
> aid organizations.
> We are meeting with officials in the Middle East, Europe and the
> U.S. to prompt support and protection for the Iraqi refugees.
> We are also planning two missions in early 2007 to Iraq, Iran,
> Egypt, Yemen and other countries to update our assessment of
> displacement from and in Iraq.
> We have succeeded in getting media coverage for this issue,
> including this recent Op-Ed in The Washington Post. (free login req'd)
> We need your support. I am asking you to join us in our efforts to
> increase assistance and protection for these Iraqi refugees.
> In this special time, when we gather with our family and friends,
> please remember the victims of violence who are fleeing their homes
> and often leaving family members in Iraq.
> Remember that Refugees International accepts no government funds so
> your donation is doubly needed and appreciated. Please click here
> to make a secure donation that will help us help Iraqi refugees.
> Thank you,
> Ken Bacon, President
> P.S. Amy Dickinson, the nationwide columnist of "Ask Amy" fame,
> recommended us as a worthy charity to support during the holidays,
> for the second time.
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David Preiss, Ph.D.
Profesor Auxiliar / Assistant Professor

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
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