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Kazim: The Victim of Two Wars

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Kazim is 45 years old.

Kazim had suffered a wound during the Iran-Iraq war which severely limited the use of his right leg and fingers on his right hand. When he was 16 years old, his elderly father was called for military service. Kazim stepped forward to take his father’s place in the army.

Kazim: Victim of Two Wars

On December 3, 2004, while he was living in the Adamia neighborhood of Baghdad, an explosion occurred near his residency.

A man came to his home to ask help to put out the fire which was burning his car. Ali, his wife and their child left their home to help this man. This man also asked other many men who were in the nearby Shia Mosque which served the Shia minority in the predominantly Sunni Adamia area.

When many Shia men gathered around the man’s car, another car came beside them and suddenly explosion occurred. 26 people died, and 30 were injured.

Fortunately, Kazim’s wife and child were some distance away and were not injured.

This al-Qaeda attack left Kazim in the hospital for 2 months. He was then moved to a private hospital, where his left leg was amputated above the knee.

In April 2006, Kazim received an envelope from al-Qaeda. Inside was one bullet, blood and a threatening letter. In June 2006, 2 of his cousins were killed. One was killed where he stood, and the other was kidnapped then killed the same day.

Kazim and his entire family were civilians. Kazim worked in construction.

His wife’s brother was killed August 10, 2006.

His house was taken by al-Qaeda.

His family moved to his wife’s mother’s house and then left Iraq September 16, 2006.

They had been in their country of refuge for 4 years. Finally they got resettlement to America. During his interview with a local worker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), he told that him how happy he was to go to America and that it would be better than the country in which he currently lived. The UNHCR worker told him that we do not like America and you must stay where you are now. Later, intelligence operatives came to his home, arrested him and blindfolded him. He was in jail for 15 days. During this time, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had called his wife 5 times. Thus, they lost their opportunity.

The country of refuge rejected his visa application and told him to go return to Iraq. Kazim explained the danger he would face if he returned and showed the threatening letter from al-Qaeda. Unfortunately, this officer did not take the threat seriously. He told Kazim that we do not like America, and then he was taken to the transfer jail for 9 days and then deported to Iraq.

During this time, his wife appealed to UNHCR for help in the deportation case. The assigned lawyer never visited Kazim in jail.

In February 2010,  Kazim left Iraq for Jordan. He explained to UNHCR Jordan what happened to him previously with UNHCR.

For the last month, he has been waiting for his wife and children to come to Jordan. They are waiting for their visas in Baghdad.

The local humanitarian worker in Amman asked Kazim how his face is so peace and calm despite his sufferings. Kazim replied that he accepts every thing from God.

May 13, 2010

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Written by Ayman Fadel

September 23, 2010 at 13:54

Posted in Uncategorized

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