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Friday, June 20, 2008

Displaced Iraqis protest government inaction

Some 500 internally displaced Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad on June 14, calling on the government to take action so they can safely return to their homes, the United Nations’ IRIN news agency reported the next day.

“We have been displaced for nearly two years now and we don’t see any serious action being taken by the government to end our suffering,” said Emad Taha Ali, a 39-year-old father-of-two who took part in the demonstration.

Another displaced Baghdadi, Ajeel Khalil Yawar, said the government is unable to effectively address the displacement problem because it treats it as a “de facto” matter.

The head of parliament’s Displacement and Migration Committee echoed the claims of the protestors. “We made numerous calls to the government to help ease this problem but we feel the government pays no serious attention to address this problem, which could take eight to 10 years to be solved if it is left like this,” said Abdul-Khaliq Zankana.

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