Foreign Workers In Baghdad Can’t Leave And Can’t Get Paid

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The New York Times reports:

For months, they have sat here, half a block from the prime minister’s palace in the Green Zone, essentially captives with little food, drinking water or electricity.

Humble laborers, they had come to Baghdad in January from Eastern Europe and Asia seeking better wages.

They had the important sounding assignment of building a dozen villas to house heads of state for the annual meeting of the Arab League, which was scheduled to take place here.

But the project was halted in April for reasons that are unclear, and a month later, as the Arab Spring rolled on, the Arab League meeting was postponed until next year.

Now the workers — 27 Ukrainians (including a woman), 7 Bulgarians and 1 Nepalese — are marooned here, living in one of the world’s hottest and most inhospitable cities in an abandoned building next to the construction site and lacking the documents they need to leave the country.

[Continues at NY Times]

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  • Jbar

    Make the Bush family pay their salaries and get them home. Dubya started that whole thing.

  • Jbar

    Make the Bush family pay their salaries and get them home. Dubya started that whole thing.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > Foreign Workers In Baghdad Can’t Leave And Can’t Get Paid

    At first I thought this was an explanation as to why Obama didn’t pull the troops out in 2009 like he promised.

    • Hadrian999

      a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it

    • Redacted

      Obama did pull troops out. He just didn’t mention that those troops were being relieved by other troops.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > Foreign Workers In Baghdad Can’t Leave And Can’t Get Paid

    At first I thought this was an explanation as to why Obama didn’t pull the troops out in 2009 like he promised.

  • Hadrian999

    a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it

  • Anonymous

    Obama did pull troops out. He just didn’t mention that those troops were being relieved by other troops.

  • ICE

    they need to get out and forget about the money before they are dead.

  • ICE

    they need to get out and forget about the money before they are dead.

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