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War and Divorce Take Their Toll on Rihab

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Rihab was a teacher in Iraq. Trouble with the Baathist government caused her to immigrate to Libya in 1999.

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In 2002, her principal chose her to give a speech in commemoration of Saddam’s birthday. The principal chose her, even though she is Shia, because Rihab’s sister had cancer and they needed lots of money for her treatement. The principal thought that Rihab would get a prize after the ceremony. Instead, intelligence agents came to investigate her. She therefore she left to Libya with her children to join her husband, who had been working there since 1999.
Three of Rihab’s four brothers have been killed in Iraq, and the fourth has been seriously injured. In 2007, one brother, a professor, was killed. A second was killed in an explosion later that year, which also cost her youngest brother both legs, a hand and one eye, leaving him handicapped. In 2009, an explosion killed the fourth brother and his son.
Four years ago, Rihab’s husband left his family for another woman. Rihab decided to leave Libya. Her eldest daughter, who had shown great promise as a precision medical laboratory student, was forced to leave university due to lack of funds. The son quit middle school to earn money as a driver and day laborer. They endured this situation in Libya for three years. Then they moved to Jordan in November 2009.
Despite the local activist’s asking the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) for assistance, it has to this point provided none. The youngest daughter has been forced to drop out of middle school. Rihab has not been able to pay the rent for two months.
Rihab and her family are suffering psychologically and economically.
May 13, 2010

Written by Ayman Fadel

September 23, 2010 at 11:07

Posted in Uncategorized

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