As the U.S. continues its drawndown in Iraq, our attention has been shifted to Afghanistan and the uprisings throughout the Middle East. But one of the lasting legacies of the 2003 invasion is the massive exodus of Iraqis who fled the fighting to become refugees languishing in neighboring countries.
Sarah Glidden, author of How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less, gives us a look into the lives of displaced Iraqis living in Syria, who now make up the largest urban refugee population in history, in this 20 page comic for Cartoon Movement.
Glidden recently traveled through Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon with reporters from the Common Language Project to research her next graphic novel. In Syria, Iraqi refugees are prohibited from joining the workforce, navigating countless bureaucratic hurdles as they are stuck for years in limbo with no place to call home. With contributing reporting from CLP, Glidden brings to life a some of the refugees with her vivid watercolors in "The Waiting Room."