The Iraqi Exodus

Matthew Hay Brown, Pulitzer Center Fellow Washington Correspondent, The Baltimore Sun

More than 2 million civilians have fled the kidnappings, car bombs and killings of war-ravaged Iraq for the relative safety of Jordan, Syria and other Arab neighbors. The greatest refugee exodus in the Middle East since the Palestinian flight of 1948 is impoverishing the Iraqi middle class and straining relations in an already volatile region.

Matthew Hay Brown measured the dimensions of a crisis in Syria and Jordan. He found large numbers of well educated Iraqis falling into poverty, lacking work and education, but afraid of returning home. Their absence is depriving Iraq of a large percentage of the educated elite needed to rebuild and stabilize the country.

A Washington correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, Brown has reported in English and Spanish from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He has also written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and other newspapers. Brown was a member of the team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting. He holds a master's degree with honors from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where he finished first in his class and won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, the school's highest honor.