“Why Are You Still There?”
Ibrahim and his Family
In April 2003, just three days before the end of the initial “shock and awe” bombing, a U.S. air strike hit Ibrahim’s home. In the chaos that followed, three of his children fled to the garden and were killed by cluster bombs. In 2004, he fled with his family to Jordan. Having no money and few options, he returned to Baghdad. Then his brother was killed. He fled again, this time to Damascus. Ibrahim has visited 20 embassies looking for help. His friends who have been resettled to the United States call and ask him, “Why are you still there? Why is there no resettlement for you?” He has no answers. Six years of effort, six years of persistence, six years of desperation.