Michigan, USA - They have been forced to flee their home and country due to the Iraqi war. Many grieve over having to abandon their children or elderly parents and will remain emotionally scarred for life. Others are tortured and killed in violent conflict. Those that are able to find refuge from the killing in another country are treated inhumanely. They are still without food, water, shelter, medical or mental care, kept unemployed, uneducated, and alienated. They are what many consider locked into a living hell.
The Iraq war has ravaged more than 20,000 families – mostly Christians –persecuted and even murdered because of their religious beliefs says Basil Bakal, Chaldean Federation of America Adopt-A-Refugee Family committee chairman.
Many feel the United States have a responsibility to address the refugee crisis caused by the Iraq war and occupation. Current American policy denies any special American responsibility for Iraqi refugees although the entire world believes that the two million refugees are a bi-product of American actions in Iraq says Lavinia Limon. Limon is the former Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Service under the Clinton administration and current President and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).
Entire families, infants, children, young adults, and elders are left homeless, hungry, and in desperation. Paralyzed by fear and hurting for someone, somewhere to help the effort in rescuing and rebuilding their shattered lives.