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Voices from IraqA People's History, 2003-2009$
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Mark Kukis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156929

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156929.001.0001

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Beloveds Lost and Found

Beloveds Lost and Found

Beloveds Lost and Found
Voices from Iraq

Mark Kukis

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, Maysoon Jahil Obeid, Shiek Jamal Jassim Sudani, Rajiha Jihad Jassim, Entasar Abud Tahan, and Salma Hamid recount their experiences during the Iraq war. In the spring of 2007, Maysoon Jahil Obeid's husband Haytham Muzaham disappeared on a street near the couple's home in Karada, a neighborhood in central Baghdad. In the 1980s, Shiek Jamal Jassim Sudani, a deeply religious Shi'ite from Sadr City, and several likeminded friends from his neighborhood began an informal charity meant to offer proper Islamic burials for families who had suffered a loss and were struggling with funeral costs. He continued with his work immediately after the invasion and throughout the sectarian violence. Rajiha Jihad Jassim's husband was kidnapped in November of 2006. Entasar Abud Tahan and her husband lived in Hibhib, which grew extremely violent during the sectarian bloodshed and remained so through the early phases of the U.S. drawdown. Salma Hamid lived her whole life in Mahmudiya, a small town bloodied by successive waves of violence throughout the conflict.

Keywords:   invasion, sectarian violence, Maysoon Jahil Obeid, Shiek Jamal Jassim Sudani, Rajiha Jihad Jassim, Entasar Abud Tahan, Salma Hamid, Iraq war, Baghdad, charity

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