Mikey's wife underwent surgery last night and is stable condition. She will remain in the hospital for the next 4 days.
It was discovered that the surgeon who conducted her C-section 11 weeks ago did not remove the placenta.
Not only does our failed policy to honor our interpreters place them in continuous danger, it leaves their families to rot in third world countries.
Update on Mikey-
1) The president of the company in the Middle East who said he would get Mikey a visa and job has failed to respond to my communications for the past 2 weeks.
2) So far, the money raised has been used to pay for someone to obtain an ID for Mikey's infant son, passports for his wife and son, an apartment for his family (they were sleeping on the floor of his uncle's house), and medical expenses for his wife.
3) After months of pain from her C-section, his wife suffered massive bleeding and was taken to a private hospital. They instructed her that she needed emergency operations on her c-section and vaginal canal. Being a private hospital, they required $800 upfront. Most businesses are closed on Friday, so Mikey was unable to collect the funds I transferred. I have not heard back from Mikey after learning he was unable to pick up the money.
He is in a desperate state and afraid he will have to take care of his son on his own.
Mikey's uncle wants him and his wife and newborn to move out, but they have nowhere else to go and have no money. I can help him out with rent, but it will eventually run out and he will stay be left in Iraq. His wife and newborn have to sleep on the floor at his uncle's house since there are not spare beds. In addition, an ISIS cell was recently discovered in his town, meaning that suicide bombings are about to commence.
I just learned that Mikey's wife still has complications from her C-Section about two months ago. He has been giving her antibiotics, but given their living situation with little power, no room for privacy or comfort, bad water quality, and poor medical services I fear the worse.
Mikey is safer now. I am working on getting him a visa and a job in the Middle East. Power is almost non-existent and the government has blocked social media. He doesn't have a job and used all his money to get his family to safety. Our media is not reporting the the reality of the growing crisis. In-fighting is also overcoming the Shia community and violence is spreading south of Baghdad all the way to Basra.
Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project dedicates itself to taking on the legal system to get Iraqi interpreters and their families approved for visas. In reality, brave and honorable Iraqi interpreters have been continuously murdered (having their heads cut off) for 10 years while lawyers and volunteers try to convince the government to give them visas. IRAP needs an action arm- a group of former special operations members who have the connections, the skills, and the will to get these interpreters and their families to safe havens while they wait for their visa applications to get approved. We are waiting. Convince IRAP and others to give us the means to get this done.
Thank you all for your support so far. Mikey is the only one of his interpreter colleagues to remain in Iraq. Most made it to the U.S., one disappeared, and another was beheaded. Please help to provide him with safety and to bring him and his family to the U.S.
On my second deployment to Iraq, a brave 19 year old Iraqi interpreter risked his life for me and my fellow Marines. He won a commendation for saving the life of an American. He loved America so much he stood in hotel lobbies for hours to learn our language before the war. Our country left him to die in Iraq and I won't let him die without using all of my specialized military skills to protect him, his wife, and his newborn and bring them to the U.S. I know the risk, but I operated behind enemy lines during two deployments and know how to bring him and his family to safety.
I heard you on The State of Things. I have a documentary about Ahmed Fadaam, who worked as a journalist for American media and has since been able to bring his family to the US. I want to use the film to make people aware of this issue - people who worked with Americans and are at tremendous risk in Iraq. I'd love to talk to you. You may contact me through email.
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