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Syria

The online New York Times has this headline today: "U.N. Refugee Agency Reports Worsening Situation in Syria". This reminded me that a couple of weeks ago I learned that the work-study student in our office is originally from Iraq. A bunch of co-workers had lunch together recently, and he told us that his family fled to Jordan from Baghdad in 2003, then moved to the U.S. in 2006. They had applied to go to San Francisco but ended up in Bellevue instead.

I felt hesitant to ask him many questions, but at some point we were talking about the Iraqi refugee population. I asked him how the Iraqi refugees were doing in Syria, and he said, "They've all gone back to Iraq." I asked where they were living, and he said that most of them didn't have anywhere to move back to, it's just that the situation in Syria is now even more awful than it is in Iraq.

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