LIFE AFTER IRAQ Damascus, Syria.
At least 4.7 million Iraqis equivalent to almost the entire population of
Scotland - have been forced to leave their homes since the allied invasion
in 2003. Over 1 million Iraqi refugees had fled to neighbouring Syria.
Writer, Billy Briggs and I travelled to Damascus to witness the situation
first hand. We found life in the Syrian capital where most of the Iraqi
refugees live, becoming increasingly difficult.
Soaring global food prices were exacerbating a dire situation as refugees
ran out of savings. The majority of interviewees - clearly traumatised by
their experiences (including the usual tools of war, rape, kidnapping,
torture) - said they would never go back.