ABOUT IRAQI REFUGEE STORIES Jennifer Utz (www.jennyjo.com) is a videojournalist who has been covering the Iraqi refugee crisis since the fall of 2006. She was one of the first US-based journalists to highlight the extent of the crisis. Her first report aired on Democracy Now in February 2007. Subsequent reports aired on ABC World News Tonight, France 24, and Current TV.
From Basra, Heyfa is a Sunni married to a Shiite husband. She describes how one morning she woke up to find a threatening note wrapped around a bullet from the local Shiite militias on her front door, and the response she received from the local police.
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