Kadhim Albummohammed is a husband and a father in Albuquerque, NM, who lived in a church in sanctuary for 2 years. Kadhim is originally from Iraq but made the Unites States his home after coming to the US as a refugee after the 1st Gulf War. Kadhim lived in sanctuary beginning in June 2017 to buy enough time for his immigration case to move forward, he had been targeted for deportation in 2017 under a then new anti-immigrant executive order by the administration.
After two long years and a lot of hard work, the family has received good news that they now have the opportunity to go back home and pick up where they left off. Sanctuary affects not just the individual person, but the entire family as well on many levels. This fundraiser is an effort by the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice (who worked closely with the family) to support the family's transition back home and help alleviate some of the financial barriers associated with seeking sanctuary.
Even though sanctuary gave Kadhim a fighting chance, it was an arduous and testing two years. A few months after going into sanctuary Kadhim's youngest son died and he was unable to bury his own son for fear that ICE would detain him the moment he stepped out of the church. This was a real fear as the family has experienced aggressive stalking by ICE agents in the past. Kadhim is an elderly man with multiple, serious health issues and despite the many obstacles, he had to fight every day for the right to stay in this country, his home, a country he selflessly helped.
During the 1st Gulf War Kadhim left the Iraqi army to help the US troops during the war. Because of this he was captured by Iraqi forces and was jailed and survived torture. After living in a refugee camp for several years he finally came to the US in 1994 and had the opportunity to start a new life. Years after, during the second Iraq war, he worked as a linguistics and culture sensitivity trainer with thousands of US troops about to be deployed to Iraq. His excellent and outstanding dedication to his training and this country earned him honorable recognition for his service in Fort Irwin, CA. This training was vital for the well being of our troops overseas. His wife also trained troops in this manner in the same base and one of his sons just graduated from the Navy and is now in active service. Kadhim and his family have served this country in many capacities and sacrificed much, and all they ask is for a chance for Kadhim to live at peace in the place they call home with them, his family, all of them US citizens.
Some of the many challenge coins presented to Kadhim for his honorable and outstanding service. We hope to raise this money by July 25th to help the family pick up where they left off instead of spending months or years rebuilding what they lost.
The system failed Kadhim and he shouldn't have had to wait in limbo for 2 years missing major life events in his family. During his sanctuary journey, there were hundreds of community members in Albuquerque who stood up to support him and his family any way they could, and our faith is still strong that the community will continue standing with them in support as they make their way back home. You can find Kadhim's story in the Chicago Tribune
, and the ABQ Journal
. Any contribution is received with immense gratitude from the family.