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The Kidnapped Policeman

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Mansour Abbas family

Mansour Abbas was a policeman in Diara, Iraq. In 2006, he was kidnapped at gun point. The insurgents took all of his money and then burned down his house in Karkuk. Thankfully, Mansour was released and his wife and five children escaped the fire without harm.

Fearing that they would again be victims of violence, the Abbas family fled to Jordan to start anew.  Life in Jordan, however, was not what the family expected. They live in a one room shack with a tin roof that leaks during the winter and radiates heat during the summer. They lack blankets, a refrigerator, stove, or any furniture at all. It is a wonder how they’ve survived for the past year.

The Abbas children are especially vulnerable. All of them appear smaller than they should be, suggesting that their growth has been stunted because of malnutrition. Yusuf, 7, and Zaid, 8, don’t go to school because their parents are afraid they’ll be harmed walking through their dangerous neighborhood. Three year old Abdalghafoor is severely handicapped, needing medical attention, and two year old Maisa needs milk to ensure that she grows strong and healthy.

The Abbas family receives aid from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office, but it isn’t enough. Mansour is doing his best to find work, but simply cannot find substantial employment. He’s not giving up, though, becuase the fate of his children are at stake.

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Written by Ayman Fadel

July 16, 2010 at 11:09

Posted in Uncategorized

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