Local Iraqi's Rejoice as Saddam Is Captured

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

"I tell my family, my son, my daughter, wake up, wake up, he says what happened. I say Saddam is no more," says Najat Salahi, an exiled Kurdish Iraqi.

The Salahi family has waited a long time for this. They left Kirkuk, located in northern Iraq and came to the Harrisonburg seven years ago in search for a better life.

"We were excited, I mean we couldn’t believe it. Everyone thought Saddam would live forever," says Ala Salahi. This family like many Kurdish families have seen how brutal Saddam's regime was.

Nasreen Salahi's sister was seven months pregnant when a bomb exploded near her car.

"Saddam, he has killed my sister, that's so sad for us," says Nasreen. Muhamed Kareem calls the capture of Saddam the greatest news he's ever heard.

"This man is the devil, he did a lot of criminal things, he killed our people, he bombed our city," says Kareem. And, now with Saddam out of the picture, residents here say they can finally mourn their loved ones.


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