Friday, June 20, 2014

Iraqi Immigrants Fear for Loved Ones Back Home

The new fighting in Iraq is causing fear for immigrants from Iraq who live here now.   - - Donna Poisl

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press

A sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.

Another call came in from a mother who was inconsolable after not hearing from her son and daughter-in-law who had a baby a year ago in the besieged city of Mosul.

The anguish caused by the violence thousands of miles away fills the business office in San Diego where volunteers man the hotline to help Iraqi immigrants cope.
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