TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Letter to Obama from an Iraqi woman

Dear Mr Obama,

When I watched a recent Al-Sharqiyya TV documentary about severely disabled child called Ali, I could not help but to relate his story to that happening in Iraq in since the invasion. Let me start with a bit on his background. Ali is a multiple-handicapped five year old child, who lost his mother after the 2003 invasion when he was only 4 months old left to be cared for by his Dad who has to work to live and to pay for the huge medical bills that Ali needs. His Dad knocked all doors and there is no medical or financial or social help provided by the so-called Iraqi Government, even though we are a resource-rich oil producing country with enough to provide every citizen to live in a dignified life. Indeed, this is wasn’t a dream some thirty years ago, when myself lived in an Iraq that looks nothing like what it does today.

But the 2003 invasion and what followed was the straw that broke Iraqi society’s back, and with it the infrastructure too. There are few facilities to provide for its deserving citizens but there is plenty to pay into the coffers of those like former Trade Minister Al-Sudani who, like most of the people in my so-called British-backed ‘democratic government’, are helping themselves to state funds on a massively corrupt scale. Nevertheless, the British government refuses to accept his guilt and continue to protest against his forced resignation and subsequent imprisonment pending a corruption investigation.

Not only in the days I remember Iraq some thirty years ago but even before the invasion, we had schools we could be proud of, fully functioning hospitals, running clean water and electricity. What we have now is a puppet regime, which has been elected along sectarian lines, and whose only interest is to plunder as much money from national coffers. But you may ask why I blame the U.S. for their war to allegedly-establish democratic regime in the Iraq. Well, Ali’s dad should not have had to advertise Ali’s plight on TV only for the White Hand Programme charity to fill in the void that the Iraqi government continues to leave. To make matters worse, there are hundreds of thousands of children who lost either one or both parents and have been maimed by the previous U.S. administration’s war. Few, if any, of these cases receive the coverage they deserve and these children’s families struggle to support them. In the mean time, the Bush administration and its Neocons are enjoying comfortable retirement when. Instead, they should be pursued by the International Criminal Court, so that the world can begin to become a better place for everyone and not just a few.

H. al-Khouri

British citizen of Iraqi origin, London, UK.

Petition sign and circulate:

Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

بعيدا عن الوطن؛ حراك التضامن مع الوطن فنا، شعرا وكتابةً
Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity


Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here


Useful links

Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.

For more info click here

Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

On youtube: Part1
Part 3
One more video:

Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr