This my mother told me on the phone in 2 days [ago]. A neighbor, In front of their houses, like they did it a lot of times. They took one person, they brought 3 of his sons, and the one of them. And that one (the father) he begged them not to kill the the 4th son. And they brought him, because he was not there at that time, and in front of the father he-they executed him. And then they left that house. As you know, they come and took them and they killed them. And she asked who can do this? And she was crying and everybody was crying for them. Because the election you know, because the election. You cannot imagine what’s going on. The last one hid under the bed. And then they found him. They start shooting him in front of their houses. And they did it a lot of times. And they took him and the dad was begging them, “Please, please, shoot me not him.”
And my mother said the Police, any organization, they cannot do anything. She was crying. She told me a lot of stories but I cannot summarize all of them. She calls me to tell me these stories. She thinks that someone here can do something.
Eve they took the females, you know. What they are doing now…they take the female to oblige the male to come because now they are looking for all males so they are looking for somewhere to hide. So they took the females to oblige the males to come and then they kill them in front of their kids and their women. They took the females from their houses and put them in the jail so they would get the males to come. The rape them.
The Sunnis are being attacked, because what they like…here in the news only the Sunni places. You know why? Because now there is an army belongs to Maliki and all of them Shia and they attack Sunni people. The army called…she mentioned many names…that one called…Suat, the name of the army belongs to the Maliki. And they work for him. So of course they attack Sunni people.
You know, actually, there is no war, there is nothing between Sunna and Shia. Sunna people like, in general, but when you get higher to political things they fight, and they create these fight. You know…because we live for long, long ages…my neighbor in front of me, Shia, and our neighbor were Shia. And when some people came to attack that Shia, Sunna people came to protect that family. Yeah, we kept him because he lived with us. And they are big families and we live all of them in one house and we protect them. The neighbor is like one of the family, and even I had my sister’s brother in law, he was working as a policeman, he is Shia. There was no aggression between.
Actually, before the war [with the US] we didn’t even know if we were Sunni or Shia. Wa’allah I swear for that. We didn’t know. For me I didn’t know, wa’allah, I didn’t know who we belonged to. When I was little me and siblings, we were 5 siblings, we went to a Christian school where all, like most of the teachers were Jewish. We didn’t find like any differences.
But all these things, they were created right after the war.
Now the problem is my mom asking me “Will you find anyone to help. We need some, like help. Not for me because I am old.” She means like for other families. There are now 3 or 5 million orphans.
“Thank you for hearing me.” And tears. And the interview ends.
April 4, 2014. Raw interview notes by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact