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On-Air from Damascus, Syria

The Author By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | July 7th, 2008 | Comments No Comments

During the first 5 years of the Iraq war, the US has allowed only 5,000 of the estimated 4 million Iraqi refugees to resettle in the US.

Today, Emmy Award-winning Lila Garrett aired an interview with me from DAMASCUS, SYRIA, for her show, “Connect the Dots” on KPFK-Los Angeles. We spoke about the plight of the 1.2 million Iraqi refugees in Syria, and the work that the Middle East Fellowship ( is doing to support local efforts to assist them.

Listen to the interview here: Skip ahead to minute 38:15, interview runs through minute 52:00.

And help! The Middle East Fellowship is running a 4- or 8-week summer immersion program to allow people of conscience to volunteer to assist refugees. This October, the Fellowship will organize a 10-day delegation to learn more about refugees in both Damascus and Beirut. Donate to directly support Iraqi refugees or find further information at

To support the Iraqi Student Project, which is sponsoring 16 Iraqi refugee students to attend US colleges on scholarship for a limited 4 years, visit
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