Sun special investigation: Iraqi refugees

More than 2 million civilians have fled the kidnappings, car bombs and killings of war-ravaged Iraq for the relative safety of Jordan, Syria and other Arab neighbors. The greatest refugee exodus in the Middle East since the Palestinian flight of 1948 is impoverishing the Iraqi middle class — and straining relations in an already volatile region. Baltimore Sun reporter Matthew Hay Brown follows the refugee trail, from the Middle East to Maryland.

Brown traveled to Syria and Jordan on a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and administered by the International Center for Journalists. In recent years, United Nations officials say, when refugees have been identified by name in the Western news media, their families in Iraq have been threatened or harmed. The Sun permitted many of the refugees interviewed for these articles to adopt assumed names to protect their relatives in Iraq.

No place to go

December 28, 2008

First of three parts

No place to go

An impoverished middle class fleeing violence leaves Iraq disadvantaged, its neighbors overwhelmed


Photos: Iraqi refugees
Video: The plight of Iraqi refugees
Graphic: Mapping an Iraqi diaspora

December 28, 2008

Nostalgia for Saddam Hussein's rule

Among refugees in Jordan and Syria, a yearning for Iraq under former leader is common

December 28, 2008

Iraqis keep low profile in neighboring states

Only 54,000 of estimated 450,000 to 500,000 refugees in Jordan have registered with U.N.

Syria sees no sectarian strife among Iraqis

U.N. official credits authorities in largely Sunni country ruled by Shia sect members

December 28, 2008

Iraqi refugee timeline

Early 2003-Sept. 11, 2008

U.S. slow to meet needs, refugees say

December 29, 2008

Second of three parts

U.S. slow to meet needs, refugees say

Despite substantial American contributions, displaced Iraqis' needs dwarf all efforts to aid them


Searchable database of Iraqi refugees in U.S.
Graphic: The flow of refugees and money
Graphic: U.S. resettlement
Graphic: Funding for refugees

December 29, 2008

Roadblocks to return

Official blames U.S. military, U.N. refugee agency, news media

December 29, 2008

'You cannot turn your back'

List Project addresses resettlement for Iraqis whose work with U.S. has put them at risk

Unsettled

December 30, 2008

Last of three parts

A disorienting experience

Once among their nation's elite, some Iraqi refugees have found economic hardship and loneliness in Md.


Photos: Iraqi refugee family in Baltimore
Graphic: Iraqi resettlement in the U.S.

December 30, 2008

A few are willing to risk the return to Baghdad

Refugee advocates say principal reason Iraqis go back is that they have run out of money

December 30, 2008

Resettlement procedures

How an Iraqi is processed for resettlement to the United States

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