Sunday, March 25, 2012

Iraqi woman dies after San Diego attack

Shaima Alawadi was found unconscious in her home next to a threatening note saying 'go back to your country', Sunday 25 March 2012

"An Iraqi woman who was found severely beaten at her San Diego home next to a note saying "go back to your country" has died.

Shaima Alawadi, 32, a mother of five, was found unconscious by her 17-year-old daughter on Wednesday, police said.

The daughter, Fatima al-Himidi, told local TV that her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly and that the note said: "Go back to your country, you terrorist."....

A family friend, Sura Alzaidy, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the attack apparently occurred after the father took the younger children to school. Alzaidy said the family is from Iraq and Alawadi was a "respectful modest muhajiba", meaning she wore the hijab.....

The family had lived in the house in San Diego County for a few weeks, after moving from Michigan, Alzaidy said. She told the newspaper that her father and Alawadi's husband had previously worked together in San Diego as private contractors for the US army, serving as cultural advisers to train soldiers going to the Middle East.

Mohebi said the family had been in the US since the mid-1990s. He said it was unfortunate that the family had not reported the initial threatening note.

"Our community does face a lot of discriminatory, hate incidents and don't always report them," Mohebi said. "They should take these threats seriously and definitely call local law enforcement."

El Cajon, north-east of central San Diego, is home to 40,000 Iraqi immigrants, the second largest such community in the US after Detroit."

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