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by Charlie Wiles

It is heart wrenching to watch the personal stories of tragedy and loss due to the wildfires in southern California. For most of us it is unimaginable to think of losing everything and be at the mercy of others for basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing. Not to mention the long term devastation of losing a home, our livelihood, and all that we hold sentimental and valuable in our lives. Unimaginable.

Recently I have been working with a couple who have spent the last several months working with the Iraqi families that have been displaced by the war. Well over 2.5 million people have fled Iraq since the invasion in 2003. Another 2.2 million have been internally displaced. That represents about 1/5 of the country that has been rendered homeless as a consequence of the war. Unimaginable.

Iraqi children under 4 (or 6 or 8) have not known anything but the unimaginable civil chaos precipitated by the war. Regardless of the war

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