Refugees returning to Iraq met with sectarian violence

Deadly sectarian tensions persist in Iraq, and continue to terrorize refugees who return, according to a New York Times story. Near-record numbers of Iraqi are returning to Iraq, finding danger and bloodshed instead of safety and security.

Larger government payments for returnees and allegedly improving security conditions have prompted unprecedented numbers of Iraqi refugees to return home. Last year saw the highest number of returnees since 2004: 120 percent more Iraqis returned in 2011 than in 2010, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The article explores the tensions in one Baghdad neighborhood, illustrating the mutual mistrust and suspicion among Shiites and Sunnis.

Read the full story here.