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14 March 2008


The catastrophe in Iraq - preview

Layla Al Roomi, of Glasgow Quaker Meeting, examines the impact of the 2003 invasion of Iraq on minority communities

Like many other Iraqis, I find it emotionally extremely hard to describe the terrible conditions that our relatives and friends are living through inside Iraq today
  • The violence that erupted after the war is somehow beyond people's imaginations
  • Iraq has a multi-ethnic and multicultural society, with many religions and sects, living together in this ancient land for centuries
  • However, since 2003 the Iraqi society has fragmented
  • The lack of security and sectarian violence that followed the invasion set off an irreversible change within the fabric of this society
  • This, as well as ethnic and religious cleansing, has created the biggest refugee crisis in the modern history of the Middle East since the Palestinian exodus in 1949

  • Layla Al Roomi

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