Amnesty accuses world of turning a blind eye to displaced Iraqis

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The international community is failing to adequately address Iraq’s spiraling refugee crisis, leaving the main host countries of Syria and Jordan to shoulder too much of the responsibility, Amnesty International says in a new report to be published on Monday. As a result, these two countries are now tightening border controls, and so cutting off the main escape routes for people fleeing from sectarian and other violence in Iraq.

The report, “Millions in flight: the Iraqi refugee crisis,” commends the Syrian and Jordanian governments for largely keeping their borders open to date but accuses other states of doing too little to help them cope with the huge demands they face in meeting the needs of the almost 2 million Iraqi refugees whom they now host.

“The desperate humanitarian situation of displaced Iraqis, including the refugees and those who remain within Iraq, has been largely ignored by the world,” said Malcolm Smart, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International. “A deepening humanitarian crisis and greater political instability across the wider region are looming, unless the international community meets its obligation to shoulder a fair share of the responsibility for protecting and assisting Iraqi refugees.”

At least 4 million Iraqis are now displaced and their numbers continue to rise at an estimated rate of 2,000 people per day, making this the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis. Syria now hosts 1.4 million Iraqi refugees and Jordan an estimated 500,000 or more, while 2.2 million people are internally displaced.

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