Wednesday, June 21, 2006

An Iraqi called Alan.

When Jill Carroll, the Christian Science Monitor journalist, was taken hostage in Iraq one of the things that affected me deeply was the fact that the world's press appeared to overlook the tragic murder of her translator, killed when she was taken. An Iraqi man called Alan.

Riverbend introduced me to Alan in her tribute to him, revealing him as a man very much like you or I. Bloodless reports of 10 Iraqis killed in Baghdad today leave out the details that make these individuals unique and human ... Riverbend let us know a little of the 'Iraqi translator' left for dead in a street.

I was reading the Christian Science Monitor and discovered the Allan Enwiya Fund . They write: Nearly 1,000 readers have generously contributed to the Allan Enwiya Fund. Allan, Jill's interpreter in Iraq for two years, was killed in her abduction. He is survived by his wife and two small children.

Members of his family, at risk in Iraq as Christians, have been moved by the Monitor out of the country. They are applying for US government permission to join their extended family in the US. The fund, including a contribution from the Monitor, will help Allan's family start a new life.

The fund address:
The Allan Enwiya Fund
C/O The Christian Science Monitor
One Norway Street
Boston, MA 02115

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