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February 14, 2008

Reintegrating Iraq insurgents and detainees into society

Interesting read here about a program the Air Force is running at the Camp Bucca detainment facility.

...The Dar al Hikmah, Arabic for "House of Wisdom", is an education program at the TIF offering volunteering detainees an Iraqi government certified elementary-level education, religious discussion facilitated by local religious leaders, arts and crafts taught by professional artists, and Iraqi civics classes.

"I have heard the detainees say great things about the classes; they seem to really enjoy school here," said Airman 1st Class Enriquez Franz, deployed from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., who is a TIF guard force member in the education facility. "I work directly with the detainees every day, and I've noticed how much their English has improved after they graduate."

With an approximate 40-percent illiteracy rate among detainees within the facility, this is a great program, said Capt. Justin Secrest, deployed from Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany. Through the detainees' education advancements, one can see that something good came from their time...

Now why doesn't the NYT or WAPO report on detainee reintigration programs like this? Yea, I know - stupid question. Silly me.


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