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Week of 5.4.07

Casualties of War

American Reporter Steven Vincent and his translator Nour Al Khal were putting their lives on the line each day in Iraq to uncover the truth about sectarian violence. In August 2005 they were kidnapped by the very people they had been reporting on. Vincent was shot dead, becoming the first U.S. journalist murdered in Iraq.

This week, NOW's Maria Hinojosa travels to the Middle East to talk to Nour, an extraordinary woman who, despite being shot three times, survived. Like two million of her compatriots, Nour has fled Iraq and still fears for her life as a refugee in a neighboring country.

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Now Vincent's widow, Lisa Ramaci, is doing everything she can to bring Nour to safety in the U.S. "We share Steven. She was his friend. He was my husband. But we both loved him in different ways," Ramaci tells NOW.

But Ramaci is facing an uphill battle, as the U.S. denies the entry of thousands of Iraqis like Nour who helped Americans in Iraq. In fact, only 466 Iraqi refugees have been permitted into the U.S. since the war began in 2003. What's next for Nour and millions of other refugees who are overwhelming cities across the Middle East?

Writings by Steven Vincent:

Vincent and wife Lisa Ramaci in New York
Vincent and wife Lisa Ramaci in New York
Christian Science Monitor: Shiites Bring Rigid Piety to Iraq's South

Mother Jones: Assassins

National Review: On Again, Off Again

The New York Times: Switched Off in Basra

Related Links:

NOW: Reporter's Notebook: Maria Hinojosa from the Middle East

NOW: Iraqis in Exile

NOW: An Iraqi Translator Turned Refugee

NOW: Saad Eskander on Rebuilding Iraq

NOW: Back to the Front

A Different Kind of Love Story (Report by Jane Arraf for Marie Claire)

Human Rights Watch: Iraq: From a Flood to a Trickle [pdf]

The New York Observer: Steven Vincent, Murdered In Iraq, E. Village Legend

The Steven Vincent Foundation

UNHCR: Resettlement of Iraqi Refugees [pdf]

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Committee Hearing—The Plight of Iraqi Refugees

Topic Search: Iraq War