September 14, 2007
The Plight of Iraq's Refugees
BY Rudabeh Shahbazi
Muna, 29, lost her entire family in Iraq and now lives in Jordan.
Editor's Note: When General Petraeus answered to Congress this week about the military surge efforts in Iraq, several Senators brought up the region's growing refugee crisis caused by sectarian chaos that has driven hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from their homes. The United Nations reports that 50,000 Iraqis a month have been displaced since the war began. Neighboring Jordan has taken in an estimated 750,000, with precious few resources to cope. In this dispatch from Jordan (with video), Rudabeh Shahbazi talks to Iraqi families whose lives have been torn apart by the violence and who face an uncertain future.
"I lost my family. I lost my daughter. I lost my husband. I lost my house, my kingdom, my wellbeing, my health and my job," said Muna, a 29-year-old Iraqi woman living alone in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. "What is left in my life? Why am I still alive?"