Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sarakenoi

Mother and family in a 'tent city' Iraq July 30th 1960 The ancient Greeks used to call the Arabs "Sarakenoi" - "the people who live in tents," it's where our word "Saracen" comes from. In Iraq the violence being caused by the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has brought those days back for many. The UN estimates that in past four months alone about 150,000 Iraqis have fled their homes. If they're lucky relatives take them in. The unlucky ones such as this widow and her two children wind up in small tent encampments clustered around mosques.

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