Thank you very much to John Wreford for this amazing find.
As if the Syrian racism against Iraqi refugees isn’t bad enough, now the Iraqi government is playing at it.
This is a flyer posted all over Sayida Zeinab:
Photo: John Wreford.
“The Iraqi Ministry of Transport is operating secured journeys to Iraq – in modern air-conditioned vehicles, accompanied by ‘protection’ – for the Iraqi refugees to return to their country, free of charge.
The first journey will be on Monday 26 November 2007. To register, contact the Iraqi Trade Attache, in Mezzeh Sharqiyeh.”
Not sure what the ‘protection’ they are offering includes? Armed guards?
Meanwhile, it’s also reported Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is offering Iraqi refugees in Syria $1200 to return home. Who can refuse that kind of money. And more importantly, can they turn that money down when their families need it so badly.
Many are living in a poverty they never knew they would face. Many spent their entire life savings to save up for the journey to Syria. Many risked their lives to make that journey.
But if their children are starving in Syria, how about saying – I’ll take the money, travel to Iraq and get the first bus back. I’ll be back soon.
Shame on Iraq, and on Syria for allowing this to happen.
Money in return for death. What a great deal.