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A haven of learning: Iraqis describe shift of students to safety

UMass Boston- As violence escalates in Iraq's central and southern regions, hundreds of students have sought refuge at a university in Kurdistan, the school's president said.

"They fear for their lives," said Mohammad Sadik, president of the University of Salahaddin/Hawler, the northern region's largest school with 20,000 students.

Sadik spoke about the challenges of the sudden influx of students yesterday between attending a four-day conference at the University of Massachusetts at Boston about rebuilding Iraq. Sadik and about 10 others who have traveled from Iraq hope to learn lessons they can apply to their home country.