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Kurds Place- Haay Al Akrad

Haay Al Akrad this name in Arabic if translated in English it’s very hard. There’s no other way of naming it. This name also could be called Agged Alakrad] Because of a terrific name and my childhood area I have a lot of memories and still existing till now. The location expands from Babb alshakh to sheikh Omar Street, to Alwathba Street. The vast majority Kurds, Arabs, and a few Pakistanis. This is not a rested area since we have the kingdom to republic or this avenue was famous for a lot of actions. The uprising against Noory Alsaed former prime minister to Abdul Kareem Qassem to the late Saddam Hussein. This avenue is part of Alsadreeya Alkifah street divides between this avenue and Alsadreeya market. When the deportation started in the 1980’s this area became empty like a ghost town because most of them got kicked out of their homeland. The government took there property businesses and all goods they owned. A lot of them went to Iran some went to the north [Kurdistan] me and my friends when we lived there our elementary school and middle school and high school we went to the school by the name Aljafaareya. We spent some years in the college of Baghdad till we had a great chance to finish our education in the USA. Now I am an US citizen all my kids are born here. Haay Alakrad is famous for a lot of families it’s like a university. Some doctors some scientists and some artists, etc. There was a famous chiropractor his name was Alhaj Ahmed and his son Shihab they were healing broken bones and dislocated shoulders. [Mojjaberche] Another man was by the name Hajj Jawed Alshakarchee, he was famous with his sweets [baklawa, zilabia, etc] As far as I remember at least 40 + years his name was so famous and popular people came from all over Baghdad to buy what they desired especially during the month of Ramadan. There was another coffee shop on Alkifah Street its run by Ahmed Polly. And our good friend and TV actor in Baghdad Rasim AlJomaylee. He visited us here in the USA two years ago. His father is famous too as mullah Elawee. This character Qassem to me is a genius guy in acting and in multimedia. He speaks [kudee Faylee without accent] His whole family also speaks the same way. In sports I remember some old friends in basketball Nooman Murad and Iraqi team goalkeeper Anwar Murad. Mr. Mahmoud Assad and his brother Abdul Samad these two brothers used to hang around too. The former Iraqi singer Jassem al Khayat was a famous singer in the 70’s and the 60’s. I don’t remember all of them it’s been so long since I left Iraq. In the month of Ashurah where everyone gets together to remember imam Hussein [as] There was an old man he was a great man a friend of my dads his name was Abu badree Shama. And his group Al Faylee Mukib during the ten mourning days. This avenue Hiya Alakrad was so wonderful those days but when I went back two years ago to visit my family it looked like a dumpster. It looked like they were ignored and left alone the people there are now the same. I couldn’t find anyone I knew except for a few old friends and there a pretty old. I do have an expression about [haay Alakrad] and who lives there Kurdish Faylees who live in this land are poor, but this land and the poorness weren’t born from them. Sahat Alwathba or Alwathba square and AlFurdos cinema [theatre] it was the most entertainment for neighbors beside this cinema threes another cinema by this name but this was during summertime. Because of the expanding of this area of more roamed people a lot of Kurdish Faylees went to Al Outafeeya in the other side of Tigris River, close to Baratha mosque some went to althowra city [AlSadar now] which was granted by the late Abdul Kareem Qassem. The people spread throughout the city. Haay Alakrad is home sweet home. You can not turn back the clock but you can wind it up again. Peace on our land and hell with the outlaw terrorists who destroy our culture our people and our country. May Allah bless everyone.

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