Queen City welcome
Iraqi community finds a home in New Hampshire
But the 25 families from Iraq who have settled in Manchester over the past five years have found the city safe, which is far different from their homeland. That’s according to Haytham Aukra, a leader in the Manchester Iraqi community.
Aukra’s organization, Iraqi Social Services, hosted a community appreciation dinner at the Manchester police station Thursday.
“All the people I’ve met from Iraq here are peaceful,” Mara said. “They want the same thing we want, to raise their families in a safe environment.”
Nael Alrubaye said he was an officer in the Iraqi army until 2003. After leaving the army, he handled security for media companies such as the New York Times and Associated Press in Iraq. He also handled security for the United Nations.
“They said you need a quiet, safe city,” Alrubaye said. “They didn’t tell me about the winters or this dead city; it’s too quiet.”
“This,” Alrubaye said, “is difficult for us.”
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