Friday, January 13, 2006

Finish The Week With Some Good News

It's best to end this week with some good news for a change. Don't you agree?

First Good News
BBC Newsnight reported this week:

Khalid is an Iraqi torture victim from Basra. He and another victim, Adel, had been brutally punished for refusing to serve in Saddam Hussein's army.

Both men were deeply traumatised, shutting themselves off from the world and shunned by society.

All this happened 12 years ago when Saddam Hussein passed decree 115 - it stated that those refusing to join the army or who deserted the army would have their ears amputated.

But at the point I meet Khalid and Adel in London their life story is about to change.

In an intricate and lengthy operation their ears are going to be reconstructed. When they return to Iraq they can begin to rebuild their shattered lives.

They're not the only ones to suffer. There are about 450 other victims in Basra alone and there are likely to be thousands more who suffered the same fate across the rest of Iraq.

Read more...

I wish more charities would come forward to help those guys.


Second Good News
You may ask why am I posting the following story? Well, I didn't know there were Iraqis living in Hawaii. I guess Iraqis are everywhere.

Chaldean online reports:

Reaching back to her Chaldean roots, Dr. Ekhlass Jarjees a University of Hawaii researcher found a way to help rebuild war torn Iraq and provide the people of the nation hope. When the U.S. Agency for International Development called for proposals to help rebuild Iraq, few had the expertise, willingness, and passion to risk their lives to make a difference. For Dr. Ekhlass Jarjees it was a simply labor of love.

For over two years the agricultural scientist has toiled in the hot sun helping Iraq regain their agricultural footing. The nation that was once considered the founders of agricultural science had faced severe destruction and disrepair during their historical conflicts.
[...]
Jarjees was born into a family that stressed higher education and family life. Among her 11 siblings are a PhD molecular biologist, three kinds of engineers, a psychologist, accountant, computer scientist and mathematician. They enjoyed a good life in Iraq, she says, but missing the eldest son, who received a post-graduate position in Australia, and facing the uncertainty of the first Gulf War, the entire family moved to Brisbane.
[...]
Like the rest of her family, Jarjees became a naturalized Australian citizen, and she earned a post graduate diploma of science and PhD at the University of Queensland. A postdoctoral opportunity brought her to the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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Eleven siblings!! That's a typical Chaldean family.

Queensland is the Australian version of Florida. It's good to live in paradise -- Queensland and Hawaii. Luckily, there are no hurricanes in Queensland.

Have a peaceful weekend everyone.

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