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    Millions of Iraqis Displaced

    Of all the problems that the U.S. troop withdrawal won't affect in Iraq, what to do about the number of internally displaced people looms the largest. As many as 2 million Iraqis about 6 percent of the country's estimated population of more than 31 million are thought to have been forced from the cities and towns where they once lived and are housed in circumstances that feel temporary and makeshift.
    More than 500,000 of those are "squatters in slum areas with no assistance or legal right to the properties they occupy," according to Refugees International, a Washington-based advocacy group. Most can't go home: Either their homes have been destroyed or hostile ethnic and sectarian groups now control their neighborhoods.
    Those who are displaced internally say the Iraqi government has done little or nothing to help them, and in some cases has even prevented them from returning to their homes.

    The neighborhood of Amin al Ithania in north Baghdad didn't exist until 2005, when families from all over Iraq who'd been pushed out of their homes went there and quickly built cinder-block houses such as the one Umm Sajjad occupies.
    Umm Sajjad a nickname, because she didn't want her real name published for security reasons first fled Kurdish militiamen in Mosul in 2003. She went to Diyala province, east of Baghdad, only to be driven out of there in 2007 by Sunni Muslim insurgents. She's a Shiite Muslim.
    "I don't know who to blame," Umm Sajjad said. "The government, the people? There are many people in our situation. This whole neighborhood is displaced people. We have registered with the ministry, but we receive nothing."

    Umm Sajjad's roof won't keep out the winter rains, and she can't afford panes for her windows. She relies on the government food rations that many Iraqis once depended on, but since 2003 the items in the package have been cut, and corruption within the Ministry of Trade has made shortages even more severe.

    Democracy and freedom sure are messy. I was wondering the other day how the Iraqis feel today about our invasion? Yeah, Saddam sucked, but things don't seem much better for so many of them.

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    Did they ever get their electricity back on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Did they ever get their electricity back on?
    That is an excellent question and I went out and found out.

    The best article I found wouldn't let me C&P enough of it to post here, but it's a good article. They still don't have it 24 hours a day but supposedly new power plants are being built.

    Iraq forced to wait for universal electricity - FT.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    That is an excellent question and I went out and found out.

    The best article I found wouldn't let me C&P enough of it to post here, but it's a good article. They still don't have it 24 hours a day but supposedly new power plants are being built.

    Iraq forced to wait for universal electricity - FT.com
    A while back Rachel Maddow went to Baghdad and walked around with Richard Engel and I was shocked to see they still didn't have electricity. Unbelievable.

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    Yup, Iraq is fucked. We lost 5,000 Americans and accrued trillions of dollars in debt, but the Iraqis lost a million people and had their country totally destroyed. Their "democracy" is a sick joke, sectarian violence still plagues the country, millions of Iraqis lost their homes, entire towns were lost, ancient communities with historical structures were destroyed, many Iraqis are now stuck living in Third World conditions, no electricity, no water, no food. And of course its all a major breeding ground for terrorism.

    Meanwhile Michele Bachmann tonight was touting that the Iraq War was a tremendous success story, until Obama came along and screwed it up by withdrawing the troops too early- you know, after the Iraqis forced him to actually honor the withdrawal agreement signed by George W. Bush, despite the Obama administration's subversive machinations and best attempts to get around it.

    Plenty of private contractors still on the ground though to keep profiting off of Iraq's destruction.

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    How many American's are displaced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freecell View Post
    How many American's are displaced?
    Too damn many are dead and injured.

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    There are almost as many Iraqi refugees outside the country as there are displaced within it.

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    Electricity is rationed at two hours per day. Clean water remains a major problem, as does corruption.


    It's too bad 6 billion people didn't plainly see this coming and scream out in unison that it was a really bad idea.

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    Those numbers in the OP are way too low, I researched this during the height of the war and almost a quarter of the population...approx. 4.2 million people...were refugeed.
    It's safe to assume only a small portion came back, since for most there's nothing to come back to.
    I used to read Riverbend, an Iraqi female blogger living in the thick of things, and then towards the end of the last year she gave a brief farewell saying she was moving out of the country, and she hasn't surfaced since.
    We fucked up that country.

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