Worldwide, more than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes; more than any time in recorded history. More than 11 million of them are displaced by the Syrian civil war – 4.8 million as refugees and 6.6 million within Syria. It’s easy to overlook some of the other challenges conflict brings to the region. While Iraq has absorbed about 300,000 Syrian refugees, there are also about 4 million Iraqis displaced within their own country.
Recently I traveled to Northern Iraq with Chris Hale, executive director for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good; Jeremy Weber, senior editor at Christianity Today; and the photographer and writer Christine Anderson, to meet with families whose lives have been uprooted by conflict and insecurity.
To find out more about these people and their plight, here are links to pieces authored by others on the trip: Chris Hale’s TIME magazine piece, Jeremy Weber’s cover story for Christianity Today, and Christine Anderson’s blog piece for World Vision.