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.
When living conditions and security concerns in Baghdad became unbearable, Marwa left her home and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. Unable to legally work in Syria and running out of money, she will return to Iraq. Marwa feels that if she is to die, at least she will be with family, in her homeland.
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