How bad off are the christians now?
The Christians are not doing too bad over here, I dont really come into contact with alot of them, but it seems as though no one is really bothering them. Many of them left the country after the invasion because of the lack of security.
How bad has sectarian flight from Baghdad been, for example?
When we first got here in June, we were on the forefron of sectarian violence in Baghdad. Things were pretty bad, people were getting murdered daily here becuase they were Sunni, living in a Shia area, or vice versa. Things have defintely improved since then.
We actually have several mixed poulation areas where they all get along just fine with noe issues, so I would say that we have captured/killed many of the sectarian activists in our area, ceasing the violence.
What’s do you believe will happen when refugees come back in to discover their previously mixed neighborhood has been taken over by Suuni or Shiite sectarians?
This is the question that we are dealing with right now. Since the security in certain areas of Bghdad has dramatically improved, we are seeing quite a bit of people coming back to the area. We are actually pushing the Iraqi government to come up with the answer to this question. this is purely an Iraqi problem, and it requires an Iraqi solution.
This is another step to the process of the Iraqi government taking more control of their population. There are mixed feelings about people of the different sects coming back into the areas, but so far things have not escalated to a violent level.
People are going to the Iraqi government to help them move back into their house or to remove the squatters that have since taken it over. Things will continue to improve in this area, as the Iraqis continue to solve their own problems.
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