More Kidnappings, Iraqis Leave the Country in Large Numbers

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Baghdad today experienced what may be the largest mass kidnapping since the US invasion as 150 people were abducted from four floors of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Women were separated and locked in a room.  The men were taken away in SUV's.  Meantime, the United Nations, which has been helping Iraqi refugees to return home in the wake of the US invasion, reports that nearly 100,000 people are now leaving the country every month. The UN is concerned about the humanitarian crisis caused by so many refugees. Who are these refugees and where are they going? What does that mean for Iraq's long-term stability?

Credits

Guests:
Nancy Youssef - McClatchy News Service - @nancyayoussef, Dana Graber - Displaced Persons Monitoring Officer for the International Organization for Migration, Tim Irwin - Spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency, Peter Kandela - Iraqi medical doctor, living in London

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Vanessa Romo, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal