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Sectarian violence forces families into homelessness

Latest update : 2008-07-29

Thousands of Iraqis thrown out of their homes by violence occupy abandoned buildings around the country, especially on disused military bases. They now face eviction orders from the government.

Baghdad has become a city of squatters since the US-led invasion in 2003.

Displaced by poverty, violence, and sectarianism, thousands of families have fled their homes and now illegally occupy empty buildings on military bases or deserted apartments around the city. The dwellings they occupy were often abandoned by people forced to flee sectarian violence in their own neighborhoods.

The government has announced plans to issue a deadline for the eviction of squatters, leaving thousands homeless once more.

Date created : 2008-07-29

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