Exodus: Inside Iraq’s Refugee Crisis

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Lecture | February 19 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Deborah Campbell, author

With 5 million Iraqis displaced from their homes since the 2003 invasion, half of them fleeing to neighboring countries, the Iraqi refugee crisis is one of the largest mass displacements in the world. Despite some security improvements, those who have ventured to return home remain a tiny minority. Journalist and author Deborah Campbell spent three months living with Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan for her award-winning piece in Harper’s magazine. More recently, she spent a month living with Iraqi refugees who have been resettled to the United States. She will relate her experiences of being “embedded” with Iraqis, the characteristics that distinguish this refugee population from others, such as the Palestinians, and the social and political consequences for the Middle East and the United States of this ongoing humanitarian crisis. Her lecture will address the causes of the exodus, the spread of sectarianism, the “lost generation,” and concrete suggestions for a way forward.

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