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Jesuit Refugee Service has programs accompanying and serving Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan. (Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J. — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

By Mitzi Schroeder, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Director for Policy

(Washington, D.C.) June 7, 2009 — When President Obama visited the troops in Iraq in April 2009, he told them that the next eighteen months would be a "critical period" for the Iraqis, in which the Iraqi government would have to focus on actions that encourage confidence in their citizens. More than two million of these citizens who are most in need of reassurance are refugees, including both those who fled the country during the rule of Sadaam Hussein, and those who have fled as a result of the turmoil that has gripped the country since he was deposed. 

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