Thursday, February 15, 2007

Give Me Your Tired Your Poor........

The news is full of reports that the US has decided to 'dramatically increase its intake of Iraqi refugees - up to ten times more than they have previously accepted.' When I first heard this I thought to myself; that's good and about time since they caused this problem in the first place. But when the figure of 7,000 (yes a mere seven thousand!!) was mentioned I was shocked! as that also means that in the past three years the US had accepted less than 700 Iraqis. As my husband said, they would be lost on one street in Manhattan......
Jordan has to date taken in more than 750,000 Iraqis - nearly 1/6 of our population and Syria more than 1,000,000. Obviously there is no comparison in the size and wealth of these two countries to that of the US.
Recently the UNHCR has suggested that the US and its allies help Jordan and Syria in coping with these refugees. I certainly hope their response is more generous than their intake of 7,000 refugees!!!...........z

2 Comments:

Blogger Averroes said...

Well give credit where credit is due..if it wasn't for the US..all those people wouldn't have left Iraq and became refugees in the first place..so in a way..they're doing their part!

Thursday, February 15, 2007  
Anonymous Nas said...

there are at least 7,000 Iraqis at Mecca Mall on any Thursday night.

Thursday, February 15, 2007  

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