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Archive: January, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 8:07 AM

Here are some more of the emails I got about Iraqis who worked for US military and civilians, the difficulties they are having getting promised visas, despite threats to their lives:

One of the worst stories came from Becca Heller, head of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project www.refugeerights.org, a New York-based organization that provides free legal assistance to Iraqi visa applicants:  One of her clients is an Iraqi woman who worked for the US military and fled with her family to Damascus because of threats of reprisal. She completed the entire application process for an SIV visa on March 27, 2011, but during the process found she breast cancer..

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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. In 2009-2011 she has made four lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the past seven years, she visited Iraq eleven times, and also wrote from Iran, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, China, and South Korea.

She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

Reach Trudy at trubin@phillynews.com.

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