I was just called to the downstairs phone in our house. A woman from Baghdad crying out in Arabic, Please help us, please help us! Explosions! Explosions! I couldn’t make out much more and felt totally helpless to know how to respond, not to mention how inept I am in Arabic. So often in the last months this has been the case. Telephone calls from Turkey, from Lebanon, from Iraq….from relatives of Iraqis in the states, in Canada. Can you help us? Sometimes I don’t have it in me to answer the phone. We have friends within Iraq who are being targeted, who live in open vulnerable areas, who contact us to ask if we can find a country that will take them and their families? Tragically, we [the US] have made all Iraqis the “enemy” and, despite our contacts, we have not yet been able to find countries that will grant them visas, or offer them resettlement.