These refugees, mainly members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (otherwise known as the MEK) are unarmed, innocent people who have been forced to flee their homes because of their opposition to the tyrannical theocratic regime in Tehran. They have endured decades of exile outside of Iran marked by continuous suffering and persecution.”
Camp Liberty has been the target for seven rocket attacks since 2013. Hundreds of people have been wounded, and the death toll lies at around 139 residents. The attacks are believed to be the work of Shiite militias in Iraq linked to the Iranian regime, or by agents of the Iranian Quds Force. To date, no one has been arrested, no one held accountable.
The Iraqi government signed a Memorandum of Understanding ensuring the safety and security of the residents of Camp Liberty, however, it now appears that the Iraqi government isn’t, in fact, protecting Camp Liberty.
Because they are not safe in Iraq, the freedom fighters are to be relocated outside of the country. Albania has taken in many of the refugees leaving Camp Liberty.
Congressman Poe says that, “Recent reports from MEK sources within Tehran now suggest that the Quds Force is contemplating another major strike on Camp Liberty before the remaining refugees are allowed to leave. At the same time, Quds Force-linked paramilitary forces have been increasing their presence in Baghdad International Airport — a troubling sign that could presage another strike on the camp that is located not too far from the airport.”
He adds, “The Iranian government would like extend the reign of terror it wages at home against any and all people who speak out against it- including the dissidents in neighboring Iraq. How many more people have to die? How many more times will unarmed refugees be attacked by rockets? The Iraqi government must live up to its commitment and protect these refugees until every last one of them finds his or her way to safety.”
Congressman Poe sadly concludes, “And that’s just the way it is.”