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The bombing of the Samara mosque in February 2006 signaled a dividing line among humanitarian agencies with regard to issues of displacement. A sudden explosion of religious fundamentalist-backed violence spread across Iraq, killing thousands and sparking a drastic increase of an already burgeoning Iraqi exodus. According to an article in a recent issue of UNHCR’s Refugees magazine, Iraqis, when asked, say that extreme religious groups are driving the violence, the result of which is the exodus. “In times of extreme violence, a blend of paranoia and bad faith can replace rational discourse. The violence gives the radical groups their raison d’etre. The displaced are pawns they use to further their agendas—which are strikingly similar.”

Editor’s Note: Due to a policy reversal by the Jordanian government, tens of thousands of Iraqi children were allowed to attend public school in Jordan when classes began on August 10.

Next month, senior editor Lorna Tychostup reports from Sulaimaniya on the work of Nature Iraq, an environmental NGO documenting flora and fauna in northern Iraq.

In Amman, Jordan, eight-year-old Iraqi refugee Ali Safa shows his drawing of contemporary Baghdad. - LORNA TYCHOSTUP
  • Lorna Tychostup
  • In Amman, Jordan, eight-year-old Iraqi refugee Ali Safa shows his drawing of contemporary Baghdad.
Um Rawa and her three daughters Rawa, Wala, and Waarka in the living room of their apartment in Amman, Jordan. - LORNA TYCHOSTUP
  • Lorna Tychostup
  • Um Rawa and her three daughters Rawa, Wala, and Waarka in the living room of their apartment in Amman, Jordan.

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