Monday, April 16, 2007

Invisible lives: Iraqis in Lebanon

G. sent me the link to the following article.

Estimates for the number of Iraqis who have fled to Lebanon ever since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 vary. While the Beirut office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that approximately 40,000 Iraqis are currently in Lebanon, security officials of the Lebanese Ministry of Internal Affairs say they believe the number is actually closer to 100,000. Lebanon not being a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, many Iraqis do not register with UNHCR and live in fear of detention and deportation back to Iraq.

Read full article at Electronic Iraq.

Addendum: All this war, violence, and dislocation is leaving a very heavy feeling in my chest tonight.

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