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23 Apr 2010 description
report Human Rights First

By Jesse Bernstein- Pennoyer Fellow/Senior Associate Refugee Protection Program, and Parastou Hassouri

AMMAN - Fatima is a single mother who fled Iraq after militia had kidnapped her father and brother. She herself was threatened for being the only female Iraqi employee of a U.S. company in Iraq. As a divorced woman in Amman, Fatima is particularly vulnerable; she is being stalked by a Jordanian man who physically abused her once and threatened to have her deported. Fatima's savings are also running out.

06 Jan 2009 description
report Human Rights First

"As I've said many times, we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in."
President-elect Barack Obama, July 2008

"[...] we will launch a major humanitarian initiative to support Iraq's refugees and people. But Iraqis must take responsibility for their country. It is precisely this kind of approach-an approach that puts the onus on the Iraqis, and that relies on more than just military power-that is needed to stabilize Iraq."