Statement of Senator Barack Obama on World Refugee Day 2008
- U.S. Senator Barack Obama today released the following statement on World Refugee Day 2008:
"On World Refugee Day, I join people across the globe in saluting the courage and resilience of the world's refugees. Uprooted by war, civil strife, and persecution, millions of refugees from nations throughout the world depend on the lifeline of continuing good will extended by the international community. Today, we renew our commitment to ease their suffering and create stability in their homelands.
"As Americans, we are especially mindful of our unique moral obligation to the more than four million Iraqis displaced by the war. These vulnerable Iraqis have witnessed the brutal destruction of their homes and communities by the conflict that has engulfed their country since the American invasion in 2003. They have endured the cold-blooded murder of their loved ones and their neighbors. Their humanitarian needs are immense, and America must boldly lead a stronger effort to assist them.
"Many brave Iraqis who have worked with the American military and government in Iraq now have the target of the assassin's bullet on their back. They have supported our forces and our mission in Iraq, and they have saved many American lives. In the best tradition of America, I will continue to support the policies and the laws necessary to ensure that these courageous Iraqis will not be left behind."