In May of 1988 twelve year old Taimour Abdullah Ahmed witnessed and experienced an incident so horrific, at 43 he’s still haunted with graphic flashbacks.
“I saw my mum getting killed in front of my eyes. I couldn’t protect her. After that I saw two of my sisters getting killed.” – Taimour Abdullah Ahmed
Let’s travel back in time to 1988 and put your self in the shoes of Taimour, who was living with his parents and sisters in Kulajo, an isolated village with a population of roughly 110. One day your whole life gets flipped upside down and your entire community gets captured by Iraqi forces who were under Saddam Hussein’s control.
The villagers were taken to a military camp, here the woman and children were separated from the men. This was the last time Ahmed’s father would get to see his son.
After a month of capture Ahmed and his fellow prisoner’s were loaded into trucks and shipped further south.
“When the doors opened I saw three pits next to each other. I saw two Iraqi soldiers armed with AK47 rifles.” – Taimour
I could only imagine the fear you would feel at that moment seeing it in real life.
Everyone was loaded off the trucks, straight into the pits. Moments later the soldiers began shooting killing everyone except Taimour Abdulla Ahmed.
Ahmed had been shot 3 times, then had to pretend and play possum until the soldiers left. Bye the grace of God Taimour was able to crawl out of the pit and to safety when he came upon the tent of a Bedouin family who nursed him back to health.
After three years of living with his new family, Ahmed finally got in contact with one of his relatives, shortly after he moved back north.
Asylum in the US was granted to Ahmed in 1996 he still lives here today and operates a vehicle parts business.
Ahmed wants the world to know about the massacre; “I want the cameras to zoom in on the bodies of innocent children clutching their mothers just before being shot.”
“I feel God wanted me to survive for a reason. God gave me a big mission and the mission is to talk about those innocent people who can no longer talk.” – Taimour Abdullah Ahmed
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