Baheja Rashed

Iraq

Our sweet “Nana,” Baheja Rashed from Khanaqin, Kurdistan, was a happily married Iraqi mother raising three sons as part of the well-established, middle class society in Baghdad. All that changed when Saddam Hussein’s thugs arrested her husband, Jabar, tortured him to death, and confiscated the family’s property. Her eldest son, a freedom fighter like Jabar, made his way to America, and Baheja later joined him in the home of the free.