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More Than 1,000 Iraqis Displaced Daily


http://gdb.rferl.org/851AEF5F-5F43-4C76-8645-33DF0928CB63_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/851AEF5F-5F43-4C76-8645-33DF0928CB63_mw800_mh600.jpg Thousands have fled their homes, like this boy at a Baghdad camp for displaced families (file photo) (epa) January 31, 2007 -- Sectarian violence and crime are forcing more than 1,000 Iraqis to flee their homes daily and aid resources are inadequate to help them, an international migration agency reports.


In a report published January 30, the International Organization for Migration said some 360,000 people had been displaced since February last year due to sectarian violence, military clashes, and criminality.


Dana Graber, a coauthor of the report, said people were leaving mixed communities for more homogenous communities, marking a polarization of the country.


The Geneva-based group says it needs about $50 million annually to help those fleeing their homes, but only received $4 million for 2006 and even less for 2007.


(AFP)

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The Imam Al-Mahdi Army on parade (epa)


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