Pleas to help Palestine refugees

IN LIMBO: Palestinian exiles from Iraq are stranded in a camp. Pic. Dan Chung. 28/03/03. © AFP.
IN LIMBO: Palestinian exiles from Iraq are stranded in a camp. Pic. Dan Chung. 28/03/03. © AFP.

GENEVA - Children in need of urgent medical care were among more than 1400 Palestinian refugees stranded on the Iraqi-Syrian border after fleeing Baghdad, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said yesterday.

GENEVA - Children in need of urgent medical care were among more than 1400 Palestinian refugees stranded on the Iraqi-Syrian border after fleeing Baghdad, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said yesterday.

Two children needed cancer treatment, one young man was about to lose a leg because of a blood disorder, and another needed lifesaving surgery for a hole in his heart.

Canada was the only country so far to have responded to appeals to accept the refugees, none of whom felt they could return to Baghdad.

UNHCR spokesman Jennifer Pagonis said: "We seem to be a voice in the wilderness that nobody is listening to." - Sapa-DPA

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