Queen Noor Attends a Refugees International Discussion

  March 19, 2010 at 8:33 am by

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HM Queen Noor of Jordan attended on Wednesday at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. a discussion on one of the many realities of war: refugees.

During this event hosted by Refugees International and titled “Seven Years of War in Iraq: The Future of Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Wake of the U.S. Military Withdrawal”, the Queen said that the “violence is rife in the squatter camps in Iraq and in communities of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan, where a total of around two million Iraqis have fled after the war.” She added that “it is vitally important to understand that this is global humanitarian and security issue.”

“If you know anything about our culture, you’ll know how desperate a situation they are in to do this,” Noor said, urging the United States and other donor countries to help Iraq or risk the dangerous refugee situation.

Also participated in this discussion Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Carl Levin and Patrick Leahy. This month marks the seven-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, and March 17th is the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Refugee Act of 1980, landmark legislation to establish the refugee admission and asylum system in the United States.

The widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan has been on the board of Refugees International since 2001.

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One Response to Queen Noor Attends a Refugees International Discussion

  1. Jacques Chabot says:

    The effects of war have allways had the the results of refuges. This is one reason war canses so much pain. To be a refuge is also to be homeless, or at least suajected to haveing to abandon your home. That is also the largest problem with the downturn in the economy. With the downturn in the economy many have had to abandone thier home with the housing crisis in the USA. The world is in hardshape with the results of war and the economy.

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