Iraq: Provincial elections and displacement (Opinion)

July 23, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Demographic contestation in Kerkuk, Iraq, Kerkuk, Provincial elections, Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Posted by Helena Cobban at July 21, 2008 10:55 AM

In all the recent reporting that I’ve seen on the Iraqi provincial elections, and their now almost certain postponement, I’ve seen almost no mention of one of the biggest administrative/political hurdles to holding these elections: that of the conflict-driven displacement of some four million Iraqis — more than 12 percent of the whole national population–away from their earlier home communities.

Somewhere around or just under two million of those displaced have gone to other countries and are thus considered refugees. Somewhere around or over two million of them are displaced inside the country and are thus defined as ‘Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs.)

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