March 20, 2003
Iraqis - united against Saddam
Alaskary is a 22-year-old medical student at Imperial
College London. His family were forced to flee Iraq
when he was just a baby.
were branded anti-government agents and have not been
allowed to return since.
and his wife Sama Hadad, 22, also a medical student
whose family were forcibly deported from Iraq, believe
Saddam will continue to kill thousands of Iraqis if
he is allowed to stay in power.
aunt was raped in front of her husband in the hope that
he would talk. They burned my two year-old cousin shortly
followed by my aunt.
"Millions have died silently in Iraq over the past
20 years. No Iraqi opposes regime change."
is touched by the anti-war campaigners' level of concern
for Iraqis but believes they are misguided.
people want to help us then they should pressure the
Americans about what replaces Saddam after the war.
That is what we are very worried about."
Yasser and Sama believe that the Iraqi army will surrender
in their thousands but are still very concerned about
the human cost of war with Iraq.
said: "I'm quite anxious, thinking about my family
back in Iraq. I hope that everything will be okay.
I also feel hope and anticipation that this could finally
be the end of Saddam."
longer it drags on the more casualties they'll be. Hopefully
it will be a quick and clean campaign." ....