The militias first day of Ramadan
The bombing of the shrines was the main reason for the Sectarian turmoil which the American occupation wanted for their own purposes such as killing, kidnapping, forcing Iraqi’s to leave their homes but mostly to break the Iraqi unity and steal Iraq’s fortune as a country, but the Sectarian turmoil that the occupiers brought could not distinguish between Kurdish, Shiites, Sunnis or Christians.
One of the victims from the Sectarian turmoil was Abu Rami, he was a jeweler born in 1958 and living in Abu Ghraib, he was also of the Almendaien religion that the militia assassinated with 10 others from different sectors and religions.
His wife is a PhD professor in the Agriculture College, she is saying: “My husband was a peaceful, quite man who everyone loved and respected in their community, before the occupation we felt like we were all one big family but after the occupation and exactly after the shrine bombings the Sectarian turmoil started to surface. My husband told me he wanted to sell his shop because he was afraid the militia would kidnap him and steal his shop. It was the first day of Ramadan 2006 when the militia celebrated by killing 11 Iraqi’s for no reason and without conscience. On that day I was at work when I heard the militias had invaded many jewelry stores in Abu Ghraib and walking salesmen, but I was sure my husband Abu Rami didn’t go to his shop because he was sick that day, before the end of the day the Dean called me to his office and asked me to go home, that’s when I realized something had happened to my husband. I left to go to his shop but when I arrived it was surrounded by the Iraqi National Guard and American forces, they wouldn’t let me enter the area so I went home to find my neighbors standing in front of my home like they were waiting on me, that’s when I realized something had really happened to my husband. I didn’t expect to find my husband in the condition he was in but he was covered in blood, his body full of bullet holes and his head torn open from all the bullets, I couldn’t even recognize him. What happened to him is like all Iraqi’s. at that time I realized I was too young to lose my husband and be a widow because the militia decided to break fasting with Iraqi blood before the end of the first day of Ramadan. A witness said that a group of armed men in the Al- Ma’adan area (this is a place in Abu Ghraib where farmers live and work in) killed the jewelers and the walking salesmen in front of Iraqi checkpoints. Now they’ve killed my husband and stole all that was in his shop, I am without a husband and provider but he wasn’t the only one killed, there was 10 others killed in a 30 minute period in the same place, 11 Iraqi families have lost their providers with a lot of orphans, 11 wives have become widows in less than half an hour.”
All names reserved for the families safety.
Intessar Ibrahim Al-allosi