AMMAN, 7 December (IRIN) — Reports of discrimination against Iraqis living in Jordan are on the rise following the November bomb attacks in the capital, Amman, which killed 54 and caused public outrage.
"We’ve received hundreds of complaints from Iraqis living in Amman, who say they face discrimination in the streets, in shops and in public places," said Muhammad Obaidi, spokesman for the Iraqi Association for Nationals Living in Jordan.
"They’re accused of being terrorists," he added. According to Obaidi, the tense climate has caused considerable distress among Iraqi expatriates, with many thinking about leaving the Hashemite kingdom. "When a taxi driver recognised my Iraqi accent, he forced me to get out, shouting that I was a terrorist," said Sundus Ahmed, an Iraqi resident of Amman.
This is distributing. I hope Jordanians will not fall into the trap of stereotyping a whole nation due to the evil acts of a small minority. Jordanians have always been hospitable and welcoming. I hate to think that might change.