Rundt 30.000 irakere har blitt flyktet fra sine hjem til sikrere områder etter bombingen av Samarra-moskeen 22. februar. Den religiøse rensingen av landet har begynt.
Adnan al-Samarraieis is one of them. The engineer took his family and fled Baghdad after he watched Shi’ite militiamen dressed in black gun down his close friend in a restaurant.
«When I saw them killing Abu Omar, I knew my turn would be next. So I took my family and fled to Tikrit, which is a safer place for Sunnis,» he said.
The heaviest movement of Iraqis is from Baghdad to Shi’ite provinces in the south, with a surge of movement to Najaf, now home to 1,200 families who moved 160 km (100 miles) away from their homes.
A man who would only give his first name, Saad, said dozens of Sunni insurgents raided his neighborhood in Latifiya south of Baghdad and killed his two brothers. He was shocked to learn that some of the attackers were actually his neighbors.
«They were my neighbors. I knew them, they were greeting us in daylight and killing us during the night,» he said, in an abandoned building that is now home to 300 refugees.(reuters)
Myndighetene har bevilget 340.000 dollar, dvs. 10 dollar per intern-flyktning.