Picture of the Day - 3
This is the first I've heard of "displacement camps." Certainly, there have been several reports of refugees, but this is the first I've heard of camps.
Who is servicing these with food, water, cooking fuel, etc? Who is protecting them? US? Iraqi army? Militias?
In previous civil conflicts of this sort, these camps became some of the most dangerous ground in the war. Civilians suffer deprivation, disease and criminal gangs thrive, and government, paramilitary, and militia groups attack them. This is not a good development.
Has anyone seen any other information on "displacement camps" in Iraq, or whatever other euphemism they want to use for refugee camps?
(And again, I credit this revelation to the use of local Iraqi cameramen and reporters, rather than westerners, by the wire services. As I've said several times before (Part I, Part II), it really has made a difference in the presentation of the war. I mean, Western photographers were not taking this picture of a dying child for the AP. (VERY GRAPHIC))