NPR’s Deborah Amos on Fallout of Iraq’s Middle Class Exodus

BY Jason M. Breslow  March 17, 2010 at 2:15 PM EST

Continuing our series of conversations about the Middle East, NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos joined us on the Rundown to talk about her new book, “Eclipse of the Sunnis,” which chronicles the reasons behind the exodus of so many middle-class Iraqis who should be helping to rebuild the war-torn nation as the U.S. looks to draw down its troop level.

Amos also discussed why a cell phone might be the best thing to provide a refugee, what the long-term implications will be for a generation of Iraqi children who haven’t been able to attend school during the war and how she survived being mistaken for a prostitute in a night club. Watch our full conversation: