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‘Not Our Country To Return To’

DAMASCUS — More Iraqis continue to flee their country than the numbers returning, despite official claims to the contrary.

Thousands fleeing say security is as bad as ever, and that to return would be to accept death.

“Return to Iraq?” asks 35-year-old Ahmed Alwan, an Iraqi engineer now working at a restaurant in Damascus. “There is no Iraq to return to, my friend. Iraq only exists in our dreams and memories.”

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Iraqi doctors out on a limb

Doctor_Omar_AlKhattab_treats_an_Iraqi_refugee_in_Damascus_Syria_1393_t.jpgAl-Jazeera English
Damascus, Syria — Dr Omar al-Khattab fled Iraq just over a year ago after receiving death threats.

At that time, he was working at Balad General Hospital, 50km north of Baghdad.

“I had to leave my home, my work and my salary so now I’m living here jobless and am just barely surviving,” he said during an interview inside an almost bare apartment in the Al-Qudsiya suburb of Damascus.

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