2.2 million Iraqis displaced in Iraq, another 1.8 million in exile

It was all about Weapons of Mass Destruction, said Bush. Countless dead, and millions displaced, but no WMD have been found.


Jonny Abo and Abdul Jalil Mustafa

Damascus/Amman – Surviving 17 gunshot wounds was a feat in itself, but enduring life as a refugee was a second battle for al- Mortaji Abdel-Moneim al-Kaabi, a displaced Iraqi in Syria.

“I still suffer from a lot of diseases, but thank God I’m alive, although I feel like I am psychologically bleeding because I cannot forget the painful memories,” said al-Kaabi, an Arabic language teacher.

The violent incident in 2007 was never solved by police. It came after the slaying of his brother the previous year, prompting al- Kaabi and his wife and flee their homeland – like so many other refugees – for a long journey and clandestine entry into Syria.

The trip saw the two go far south to Basra, along the Gulf, then north-west to Amman in Jordan and further north to Damascus, where they found shelter in one of the teeming refugee neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital. Continue reading