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A couple weeks after his deportation to Iraq in early June, videos of Jimmy Aldaoud surfaced on Facebook. He was gaunt, visibly ill, crouched on a sidewalk as he talked about his plight after his forced removal from Detroit to Iraq.
“I don’t understand the language,” said Aldaoud. “I’m sleeping in the street. I’m diabetic. I take insulin shots. I’ve been throwing up, throwing up, sleeping in the street, trying to find something to eat. I’ve got nothing over here.”
Sara Habbo’s run for a Southfield City Council seat is an extension of her commitment to public service and the city in which she was raised. The 31-year-old emigrated from Iraq with her family when she was 2-years-old, and grew up in Oak Park and Southfield.
The Chaldean community presents an impressive pool of music talent from multiple generations, all over the country. Two of the foremost Chaldean musicians are gifted emcee, Biggie Babylon, and edgy guitarist, Mark Kassa of Slight Return. Both artists see music as a way to inspire Chaldeans like them who have similar dreams but may feel hesitant to pursue them because of lack of Chaldean representation in music.
This past July in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted a summit called the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the second annual summit held on the topic. Civic and religious leaders, activists and policymakers were among those that convened the first two days, with foreign government delegations joining in the discussion on day three.
When we began this venture more than 15 years ago, we knew that the publication we were creating was important, not just to the Chaldean community, but to all the communities with whom we interact.
The Chaldean News (CN) has grown to be more than a publication, more than a media outlet. Since the creation of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) and the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), the strength of the Chaldean community in metro Detroit has grown as well. The CN is the natural hub. It is poised to be the main source for breaking news and most up-to-date resources for Chaldeans, not just in Southeast Michigan but worldwide.
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The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) joined the family of Jimmy Aldaoud, a Michigan Chaldean man who was deported to Iraq in June and died on August 6 due to a lack of access to life-saving insulin, for a candlelight vigil honoring his life and memory. Hosted at the CCF in Sterling Heights, community members filled the space to join in honoring Aldaoud’s life.
The Chaldean American Association of Health Professionals hosted their Third Annual Scholarship and Award Gala on Friday, July 26 at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield. Honored at the event was Dr. Hikmet Jamil who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ayad Jazrawi who received the Rising Star Award.