The BBC recently published personal stories of refugees who have fled Iraq. Some are alone, others left as families. Some are Muslim, others are not. There are men, women, and children. All have experienced the violence of war firsthand.
Although these stories come from refugees in Damascus (Syria) and Amman (Jordan), our ministry in Athens sees similar stories lived out everyday. I encourage you to read this article and hear some first hand accounts of why they chose to leave Iraq and the difficulties they face as refugees.
“The United Nations estimates two million Iraqis have fled to neighbouring countries to escape sectarian violence. It’s estimated that 50,000 Iraqis flee the country every month. Many of them choose Syria and Jordan, where they often face extreme hardship. Their refugee status gives them no automatic benefits.
With help from the charity, Refugees International, the BBC website spoke to four Iraqis about fleeing religious and professional persecution in their country.”
Click HERE to read the BBC interviews.