Week of 5.4.07
Casualties of War
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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.
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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.
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.
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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:
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
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