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The Peace Primary, now three weeks old, is an exciting online campaign centered around key peace issues for the 2008 campaign season. Just twelve organizations were chosen nation-wide and Refugees International was one of them. Only one can win a $100,000 grant from the Ploughshares Fund to promote their peace agenda to candidates. This could be huge for us.
So how do we get there?
After months of delay and disappointments the Bush administration appears to be on the brink of taking the Iraqi refugee crisis seriously. Stephen Hadley, the President’s National Security Adviser, told a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations last night that “we have got to do better” in helping Iraqi refugees and the countries that are hosting them. There are currently 2.5 million Iraqis, mostly in Jordan and Syria, creating a refugee surge that risks destabilizing the region.