Appeals to Help Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

Zayd: Don’t Punish My Children on My Account

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Zayd is married with 8 children. Zayd escaped to Jordan in 2002, and his family joined him in 2005. Until now, his family’s resettlement file has not moved.

Zayd with Children

In 2000, Zayd was falsely accused of being a member of an outlawed party. He spent one year in jail, during which he endured repeated torture. After his release, out of anger and desire for revenge, he shot and injured a man who had accused him. After that, he fled his south Baghdad home and escaped to Jordan.

He know he would not be accepted for resettlement, but he hopes that his wife and  teenage children will be able to permanently settle somewhere.

The local humanitarian relief worker felt how deeply Zayd’s heart felt the burden of his 8 children during this critical time in their lives. None has residence in Jordan. They have no hope and no future. They frequently endure harassment in school or on the street.

Zayd said that he does not mind staying in Jordan until he dies, but he is saddened by the limbo in which his children suffer. The local worker promised him to ask the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to accept his wife and his children for resettlement.

Needless to say, they are also suffering financially.

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Written by Ayman Fadel

September 23, 2010 at 14:45

Posted in Uncategorized

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