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"I ran to my house to get my gun. I wanted to stop one of the cars to help us take the ladies to the hospital. No one would stop for us. I went to get something to scare them to stop for us."


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TITLE: Anwar Yousif
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Anwar Yousif / student
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: 24/10/2008, TAFE NSW Sutherland College Loftus Campus
LENGTH OF RECORDING: 74 minutes
LANGUAGE: English
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Nil
ORIGINAL RECORDING HELD AT: Interviewer’s home
RECORDING FORMAT: Digital mp3
KEY THEMES: Iran Iraq War / continuous conflict in region
Basra before and during conflict / family life / Iraqi education system - combined Christian and Muslim tuition / trauma of school children
Bombing / impact on ordinary citizens / getting married during the war / religion, Christians, Muslims
Local Army for community protection, trainer role / helping casualties of war / access to firearms
Living in Baghdad / resumption of conflict / continuous conflict / Kuwait conflict / description of Kuwati soldiers
Staying positive in terrible circumstances / personal losses / moving to Australia and starting a new life / regret for altered homeland
SUMMARY: Yes – in Anwar Yousif lesson on this wiki
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: Yes – in Anwar Yousif lesson on this wiki