Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The Guardian wants your refugee story!
The hangings of nine Jews in Baghdad's main square in 1969 spurred the remaining 3,000-strong community to flee
Did you flee an Arab or Muslim country as a refugee after WW2? If so, The Guardian wants your story. Yes, I kid you not - The Guardian. Why? Because it does not feel it gave a fair shout to some refugees in its timeline by Mona Chalabi published recently (expertly 'fisked' by CIFWatch here). That timeline omitted 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries altogether. This is your chance to do your modest part to put the record straight. But hurry - the deadline is in less than two weeks. Register as a commenter and write up your story in no more than 250 words.
Here are the instructions:
How do I contribute?
Go back to the original timeline and add your comments below. Although tweets, emails and calls are helpful to us as journalists, they don't always encourage the transparent, open dialogue that comments beneath a piece can.
When should I contribute?
The comments will reopen for another two weeks. After that, we'll choose the best contributions and add them to our interactive timeline. They will be highlighted in a separate colour to show they came from you.
How will you choose?
We can't include everything. There is a physical limit on the article page and a conceptual limit about how much can be added to what is not, and could never claim to be, a comprehensive account of every displacement in history.
The displacements that will be added to the timeline will be those that:
• affected a large number of people either at the time or subsequently
• offer a different insight to those already included about the way that a country's circumstances can disproportionately affect one section of its population - either through disadvantage or persecution
What should I contribute?
Succinct accounts of no more than 250 words will be considered (the longest entry in the interactive so far). Please include:
• the number displaced
• links to sources of your numbers as well as pictures/quotes that illustrate the story