Saturday, 26 January 2013

Displaced in Diaspora: Palestinians in Iraq

The film, Displaced in Diaspora, premièred in London this weekend, tells the tragic account of the cycle of exile and expulsion faced by Palestinian refugees from Iraq. It is a deeply disturbing story that must be heard.

Following the US led invasion of Iraq, sectarian violence led to 35,000 Palestinians being forced into exile for a second time. The UNHCR sought to find a new home for them. Tragically, few countries were willing to help. Even those that did receive limited numbers invariably refused to accept whole families so husbands became separated from wives and children and from elderly parents or siblings. Most continue to live in poverty with the daily trauma of displacement.

Produced by Al-Jazeera and the Palestinian Return Centre, and directed by Jamel Dallali, the documentary follows the plight of these Palestinians beginning with an historical look at their flight from Palestine during the Nakba of 1948, their perilous situation during the invasion of Iraq, and subsequent search for a safe haven in countries including Syria, Brazil, India, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Many of those exiled to Syria are once again on the move as a result of the civil war there.

Angelina Jolie urges support for Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees