Five million Iraqis have been uprooted by conflict, forced to leave everything behind. They are running out of resources where they have sought refuge. Access to food, heath care, education and other essential services is extremely limited, but they are unlikely and unwilling to go back to Iraq in the foreseeable future.
Conditions for Iraqis to return home safely do not exist. Though the Iraqi government has adequate funds, it lacks the capacity and political will to address humanitarian needs. As a result, militias are doing more to provide aid for internally displaced people, garnering support and recruiting desperate civilians.
Failure to address the long-term needs of displaced Iraqis will have dramatic impacts on security inside Iraq. The U.S. must lead international efforts.
Urge President Obama to address the Iraqi refugee crisis by crafting a new U.S. policy to:
Assist Iraqi refugees;
* Ensure a safe, voluntary return home when possible;
* Pressure Iraq to meet its responsibilities to its own people; and
* Increase resettlement for those who can't go home.