Category: Syria

Total 13 Posts

Praying, Not Playing

DAMASCUS — In the struggle now just to stay alive, everyone has forgotten that Iraq has lost, among other things, its tradition in sports. Some of its best sportsmen are now refugees. “No one seems to care about us,” 20-year-old footballer Ali Rubai’i told IPS. Ali fled Iraq with his family to Syria like countless

Poverty Gets the Survivors

DAMASCUS — More than a million Iraqis were lucky enough to flee into Syria. But in this relatively safe haven, there is no getting away from poverty. Mohammad Saleem ran a successful supermarket in Baghdad. “I was leading a comfortable life with my family, despite the 13 years of UN sanctions,” Saleem told IPS in

Divided Arabs Deliver Little

DAMASCUS, Mar 31 (IPS) – The Arab summit held in Damascus over this weekend has convinced many Iraqis that Arab leaders do not speak for them. More than anything done or not, the very absence of many Arab leaders at the summit has left displaced Iraqis here angry.

‘Not Our Country To Return To’

DAMASCUS — More Iraqis continue to flee their country than the numbers returning, despite official claims to the contrary. Thousands fleeing say security is as bad as ever, and that to return would be to accept death. “Return to Iraq?” asks 35-year-old Ahmed Alwan, an Iraqi engineer now working at a restaurant in Damascus. “There

Iraqi doctors out on a limb

Al-Jazeera English Damascus, Syria — Dr Omar al-Khattab fled Iraq just over a year ago after receiving death threats. At that time, he was working at Balad General Hospital, 50km north of Baghdad. “I had to leave my home, my work and my salary so now I’m living here jobless and am just barely surviving,”

US military saved me: Iraqi lawyer

Al-Jazeera English Damascus — Read this story published with Al-Jazeera English online We also recommend that you read the full interview with Badie Arief Izzat When the Iraqi High Court re-adjourned on April 16 for the trial of former Iraqi officials charged with participating in attacks against the Kurdish minority in the 1980s, the defence