Celebrating in Michigan

  1. Arab Residents Celebrate In Michigan Streets

    POSTED: 12:56 p.m. EDT April 9, 2003
    UPDATED: 2:15 p.m. EDT April 9, 2003

    DEARBORN, Mich. -- As word spread of the statue of Saddam Hussein toppling over in Iraq Wednesday, people filled the streets of Dearborn, one of the largest Arab-American populations in the United States.

    A spontaneous parade filled Warren Avenue, from Schaeffer to Greenfield, around noon as Dearborn residents yelled, "No more Saddam." People were saying that they believe the war is almost over.

    Many people were carrying the original Iraq flag, and not the one that was changed under the regime of Saddam, WDIV-TV in Detroit reported. American flags are also flying proudly.

    A man who said his father was killed by Saddam seven years ago carried an original Iraqi flag and said he wishes this would have happened years ago.


    l.rae mentioned this on another thread. They are still celebrating in Michigan. One Iraqi/American expressed thanks to America and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

    Last edit by mkue on Apr 9, '03
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   natsfanrn
    They had one guy (from Dearborn) on the news who said he had his name changed to Bush. I just can't imagine what these people are feeling seeing their homeland liberated...gives me chills
  4. by   renerian
    I am humbled and tearful. They look happy on the news..........

  5. by   rncountry
    Being in Michigan there was quite abit about this on the News tonight. Dearborn has approximately 100,000 Iraqi's there, not to mention many other Arabic people from the Middle East. It is the largest American-Arab area in the country. I swear if I were closer to Detroit I would go down and celebrate with them. And since I go to Detroit only when absolutely necessary that is saying a great deal.
  6. by   Mkue
    Helen, I'm approx. 90 min. from Detroit.

    I would have loved to celebrate with them.
  7. by   rncountry
    I'm about 2 hours.
  8. by   Mkue
    Iraqis living in USA eager to 'take our country back'
    By David Kiley, USA TODAY

    More gathered after work at a park in this Detroit suburb, home to many of the area's more than 100,000 Iraqis and Iraqi-Americans. They shared hugs, food and music, and they made plans to return to their homeland to see loved ones left behind years earlier.

    "I told my travel agent this morning I want to be on the first flight back," said Ali Al-baaj, owner of Al Zahra Fruit Market on Warren Avenue, the scene of a spontaneous parade of cars festooned with Iraqi and American flags and anti-Saddam placards.

    Kamillia Marogy of the Manera Travel Agency here says many of her customers called to inquire about a charter flight to their homeland. "I'm not sure when it will happen, but soon, I hope. ... I will go, too," she said. Her family is still in Baghdad.

    Vabil Alwayili, a truck driver from Basra, and Mahdi Aljabery, a pharmacy student, drove the streets in a Pontiac Firebird with an 8-foot U.S. flag billowing from the door frame.

    "Saddam thinks he is king of the world, but he is finished," said Alwayili, whose aunt was killed by Saddam loyalists. His cousin, a medical student, was imprisoned for 10 years and emerged mentally ill.

    "Everyone here and in Iraq has had a member of their family killed or worse by Saddam," he said.

    Faris Araaj, a student at the University of Michigan's Dearborn campus, stood by himself on a street waving an 8-foot U.S. flag at motorists most of the afternoon.

    Araaj last spoke to his family in Basra 10 days ago, before coalition troops seized control of the city.


    More gathered after work I worry about them returning so soon to Iraq, as it still might be dangerous there.
  9. by   LoisJean
    I'm about 4 hours north of Detroit. I lived in the area for a while years ago. My prayers continue for all of them- here and in the Middle East. What is happening in their home land is truly a phenomenal event.

    But, oh, the row will be a hard one to hoe for awhile. The purist freedom is planted in rocky soil and it will take patience, persistance and perseverance to see it through to fruition. May Grace see them through the difficult times ahead of them.

    Lois Jean