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Local Man From Iraq Speaks Out

By: Abbie Schrader Email
By: Abbie Schrader Email

Someone who knows first hand all about the violence in Iraq has lived right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley for the past three and a half years.

34-year-old Khalid Haider is from the city of Sinjar, Iraq and worked for six years as a translator in the U.S. Military.

And since arriving here he's been working to get his family out of Iraq.

As a miniority in Iraq, he's lived in fear his whole life, and says his home city is surrounded by terrorists and radicals, making it dangerous to travel to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to even apply for the chance to come to the United States.

His best friend was gunned down after terrorists learned of his desire to leave Iraq.

Haider wishes for an embassy in northern Iraq, where Sinjar is located, feeling it would be safer than traveling to Baghdad.

"As far as the future, I want to see my brothers and sisters who are younger than me, I want them to have a better future," he says. "They might be good help and good assistance for this country. We have skills, we have knowledge and I'd much rather see it applied here."

Haider's older brother was also a translator for the U.S. Military and was originally supposed to be the one allowed to come to the United States, but insisted he take his spot instead.

He says he is able to Skype with his family every few weeks, when they are able to have internet access.


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