Local Iraqis Speak about Turmoil in Their Home Country


June 13, 2014

“The people in Iraq, they are just so scared of these groups,” says Zouzek Al Nidawi.

Al Nidawi lives with his wife and children in Charlottesville. They left Iraq nearly five years ago to get away from the violence and destruction.

However, he still keeps in touch with his family back home and says that they need help protecting themselves from extremist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as the ISIS, who have made promises of more fighting in cities in Iraq, including Baghdad.

“These people are extremist, highly trained and they could maneuver and hit in different places. That's what the people are afraid of,” says Al Nidawi.

He fought against extremist groups while in Iraq and says he's upset after hearing the announcement from President Obama that US troops will not be sent back to help.

“I don't know what the terrorist will do next for him to wake up, because these people are not going to stop,” says Al Nidawi.

One man from Baghdad who moved to Charlottesville back in 2008 as a refugee says people in his home country of Iraq deserve to have peace, and the Iraqi government should unite with its people.

“Some people they blame the government about what's going on, because it's 10 years after 2003 and nothing has happened yet, and they have a right to blame them,” says Haidel Al Hafida.

He continues to hope that one day they will find a way to stop the violence.

“I see the sadness in their eyes because it's like sometimes we feel no hope, but we still have it. We just try to breathe in the end.”

There are fears that if extremist groups continue to take over cities in Iraq, then it could result in a civil war.


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