Columbia Center Rotary Helping Local Iraqi Refugee Get Back on His Feet
RICHALND, WA - A local Iraqi refugee, who lost his leg after an attempted assassination, is one step closer to getting a new prosthetic leg.
On Saturday, the Columbia Center Rotary in Richland held a yard sale for Mushtaq Jihad, 41, who is also fighting leukemia.
The father of four fled to United States with his family in 2008, after being targeted by an Iraqi terrorist group multiple times. Mushtaq was kidnapped, beaten, shot multiple times and was left for dead in a dumpster; he also lost his newborn son in the attempted assassination.
The family was considered "well-off," which Mushtaq's believes made them targets for terrorist groups.
"In one day...in one hour, everything was gone--2 houses, 5 cars, 4 stores and my son died the same day. There's a big void in my family...a void in my life."
The goal of the yard sale is to raise the remaining $7,500 needed for Mushtaq's new prosthetic leg, which costs around $22,000.