Picture of the Day: A Sanctuary in Damascus

Despite the violence that once enveloped them, Iraqi refugee children still find time to play. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

“Christians, of course, are not the only Iraqis whom the war has hit hard. Sunni Muslims, too, have fled targeted violence in disproportionate numbers. Prior to the invasion, Sunni Muslims constituted roughly 35 percent of Iraq’s total population. Today, Sunnis represent by far the majority of refugees, accounting for nearly 60 percent of those registered with UNHCR in Syria.”

In the story, On the Road to Damascus, Spencer Osberg reported the undeniably painful yet hopeful story of Iraqi refugees living in Syria. Read their stories in the November 2008 edition of ONE.

From the New York Times this morning:

A suicide bomber mounted a devastating attack in one of the largest Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 28 people, including a member of Parliament, and wounding dozens more, according to security officials.

The attack and a recent spike in suicide bombings across the country heightened fears among Iraqis that the security situation is deteriorating as the United States prepares to withdraw all of its troops by the end of the year.

Read more of the story on the New York Times’ web site.

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