an Iraqi hero

  1. "Iraqi Man Risked All to Help Free American Soldier"

    By Peter Baker
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Friday, April 4, 2003; Page A01

    MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Iraq, April 3 -- Mohammed, a gregarious 32-year-old Iraqi lawyer, went by the hospital in Nasiriyah one day last week to visit his wife, who worked there as a nurse, when he noticed the ominous presence of security agents.

    Curious, he asked around, and a doctor friend told him an American soldier was being held there. Something made him want to go see. The doctor took him to a first-floor emergency wing where he pointed out the soldier through a glass interior window -- a young woman lying in a bed, bandaged and covered in a white blanket.

    Inside the room with her was an imposing Iraqi man, clad all in black. Mohammed watched as the man slapped the American woman with his open palm, then again with the back of his hand. In that instant, Mohammed recalled today, he resolved to do something. The next day, when the man in black was not around, Mohammed sneaked in to see the young woman.

    "Don't worry, don't worry," he told her. He was going to help.

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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Wow...that is just amazing. Thanks for the link!
  4. by   caroladybelle
    Thank you for posting that - it is a wonderful story.
  5. by   nursenoelle
    Awesome story !
  6. by   Mkue
    Amazing story

    There are good people in this world, even in Iraq. He is truly a "hero".
  7. by   NurseDennie
    Isn't it incredible? I am reminded of a story I heard on NPR several weeks ago. Well, of course, I don't remember enough of it to relate, but the gist was that this mother, who was brought up very redneck and I think uneducated, spent a good deal of effort to make sure her children read and understood The Diary of Anne Frank.

    When he grew up, he asked her about it. She said, she wanted her children to grow up to be the kind of people who would hide the Jewish family.

    This is such a human thing and so wonderful to see. Going beyond the attitude of "Well, no, I don't want that person to die, as such. But it's not my problem. It's too much work. It's dangerous."

    I think it's pretty rare, but it does pop up all over the world, in all different places and situations - the willingness and ability to risk your own status/life/everything to save another.


  8. by   jnette
    Beautiful. Thanx. A hero, indeed. Just goes to showonce again that we all have more in common than we do differences.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Wonderful story!
    Thank you.