Jonny Abo and Abdul Jalil Mustafa
Damascus/Amman – Surviving 17 gunshot wounds was a feat in itself, but enduring life as a refugee was a second battle for al- Mortaji Abdel-Moneim al-Kaabi, a displaced Iraqi in Syria.
“I still suffer from a lot of diseases, but thank God I’m alive, although I feel like I am psychologically bleeding because I cannot forget the painful memories,” said al-Kaabi, an Arabic language teacher.
The violent incident in 2007 was never solved by police. It came after the slaying of his brother the previous year, prompting al- Kaabi and his wife and flee their homeland – like so many other refugees – for a long journey and clandestine entry into Syria.
The trip saw the two go far south to Basra, along the Gulf, then north-west to Amman in Jordan and further north to Damascus, where they found shelter in one of the teeming refugee neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital. Continue reading