Iraqi Exodus reports from the frontlines of the staggering refugee crisis that is unfolding in the Middle East as Iraqis flee their war-torn country at the rate of up to 50,000 people per month. Since the war began in 2003, more than four million Iraqi civilians have fled their homes — half of them becoming exiles in neighboring countries and the rest displaced within Iraq’s borders.
While headlines are dominated by the deadly sectarian violence engulfing Iraq, the refugee crisis — the biggest in the Middle East since the displacement of the Palestinians in 1948 — is all but ignored. Our story takes us to the heart of the crisis — to Syria and Jordan, which harbor the vast majority of uprooted Iraqis. Wide Angle explores the displaced Iraqi community in Syria — from the middle class suburbs where Iraqis have sent housing prices soaring to the cramped Damascus slums where one out of three residents is now Iraqi-born. We will follow aid refugees as they cope with their new surroundings amid government pressure and rising resentment from the local population whose health, education, and housing resources are being stretched to the limit. Hear from regional leaders in Jordan about how the catastrophe is impacting the Middle East and what the future holds for Iraq’s lost generation.
- Paul MitchellProducer
- Tania RakhmanovaProducer/Director