Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ugandan Contractors at U.S. Bases in Iraq

A Quote From the the NY Times Article:
"Big U.S. Bases Are Part of Iraq, but a World Apart"

"At the height of war, more than 300 bases were scattered across Iraq. Over the next few months, Americans hope to be at six huge bases, with 13 others being used for staging and preparing for a complete withdrawal.

The first people you encounter when driving up to an American base are not actually American. They are usually Ugandans, employed by a private security company, Triple Canopy, and those at Balad had enough authority to delay for five hours an American Air Force captain escorting an American reporter onto the base.

The Ugandans make up only one nationality of a diverse group of workers from developing nations who sustain life on the F.O.B's [forward operating base's] for American soldiers. They largest contingents come from the Philippines, Bangladesh and India. They live apart from both Western contractors and soldiers on base, interacting with them only as much as their jobs demand. "

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/09/world/middleeast/09bases.html?hp

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