"View from the Iraqi Sky":
Four years after the outbreak of war,
a young man from Iraq shares his personal story.
Monday, April 2nd
6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
Bunkyo Kumin Center
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Map available here (Japanese only): http://www.iraq-hope.net/qasm.pdf
Entrance fee: 500 yen
On February 22, 2007, bombing from U.S. fighter planes
destroyed four homes in Ramadi, a city in western Iraq's
Anbar province. 26 people were killed, and many more were injured.
For the past four years homes have been destroyed,
schools have been occupied, supplies of food and medicine
have stopped, and the skies have been filled with fear.
Civilian deaths and their bereaved loved ones
have continued to multiply during this period�\
as have the numbers of people fighting back in armed resistance.
A young man from the war zone of Ramadi, which has become the l
argest site in the "war on terror"�\and where media from around
the world do not have access�\has traveled to Japan in order to share
his personal story.
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Iraq Hope Network
Fallujah Reconstruction Project
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Name: Kasim Turki
Birthdate: November 27, 1976
Profession: Aid worker
Hometown: Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Education: Mechanical Engineering degree from Anbar
Kasim served in the Republican Guard during the Iraq War.
After reporting to media in the Baghdad area regarding an
assault that took place in Fallujah on April 28, 2003
whereby U.S. forces began shooting at participants of a
demonstration, Kasim began working with U.S. television
network CNN, as well as freelance Japanese journalists.
In June of the same year, Kasim was unjustly arrested by
U.S. forces while doing research with a Japanese
journalist, and was held for nine days. Following his
release, he began chairing the Rebuild Youth Group of
Iraq. Projects to date include rebuilding schools and
other facilities, opening a medical clinic, and providing
emergency support to displaced civilians. Since 2004,
Kasim has also served as the local area supervisor for the
Fallujah Reconstruction Project, which provides assistance
from the private sector in Japan.
Last year, a blog written by Kasim in English that
describes local conditions in Ramadi drew attention in the
U.S., and caused him to once again be detained by the U.S.
IRAQ MAIL ~THE VOICE FROM RAMADI~