Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick is the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington and a consultant to Catholic Relief Services.
 (October 2010)

Iraq: The Ignored Victims

Children playing in a neighborhood populated mostly by Iraqi refugees, Damascus, Syria, August 2007
President Obama announced on August 31 that the main force of US troops had left Iraq, leaving about 50,000 Americans to help maintain the peace and support the Iraqi army and police. This was good news for American servicemen, their families, and the nation. But this departure should not be …

Iraq’s Ignored Victims

Children playing in a neighborhood populated mostly by Iraqi refugees, Damascus, Syria, August 2007

President Obama announced on August 31 that the main force of US troops has left Iraq, leaving about 50,000 Americans to help maintain the peace and support the Iraqi army and police. This was good news for American servicemen, their families, and the nation. But this departure should not be accompanied by a withdrawal of our support for the Iraqi people, particularly the millions of Iraqis who have fled their homes and who continue to live in limbo both inside Iraq and in other countries. During a recent mission to observe the situation of these displaced Iraqis, this reality became painfully clear to me.