Iraqi Exile Concerned About Violence in His Homeland

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(Ceres, Ca)
Thursday, May 5, 2005

Sargon Dadesho was forced into exile when Saddam Hussein assumed power in the 1970's. He now lives in Ceres.

He says the violence in Iraq is causing support to wane for the American presence there. According to Dadesho, similar sentiments are emerging among Central Valley residents with ties to Iraq. He says there are concerns that insurgent attacks are undermining the fledgling government.  
"I'm really disappointed. When Iraq was liberated two years ago we were hopeful that democracy would come to our homeland. The way it's going it's going to take a long time."

Dadesho is one of about 15-thousand Assyrians in the Central Valley with connections to Iraq. He's also disappointed that not one Assyrian was elected to the 275 seat Iraqi parliament in the January elections. Assyrians make up a small percentage of the religious sects in Iraq. Dadesho blames the poor Assyrian showing in the election on low voter turnout. He says many were afraid of being killed if they went to the polls.