Feast into Mourning
Bomb leaves family heartbroken in Kirkuk

June 10, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Kirkuk, 2017, Mayada Hamid and his friends on their senior day at the university. Photo: Mayada’s account on Facebook

Kirkuk, 2017, Mayada Hamid and his friends on their senior day at the university. Photo: Mayada’s account on Facebook

 

Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow
Mayada and Ahlam are the same age, though one is the aunt of the other. They laugh together while preparing food in the house of the grandfather.
Mayada has always loved that dish, as they prepare the table, some pray and await the evening prayer call so that they can break their feast. Mayada is one of them.
On the table, the family discusses feast preparations while eating, clothes, decorations, and sweets for the guests.
After the evening meal, Mayada Hamid, 25, and her mother and 14-year-old sister, leave the grandpa’s house to the market. Ahlam accompanies them to the door and kisses her goodbye.

I said: Mayada, don’t go to the market. She said I have to buy clothes for the feast… She went, and I’ll never see her again

The joy stopped at 10 PM for Ahlam, where a phone call changed everything, “Mayada was killed. Her mother and sister are soaked in blood and are in a coma.” Ahlam starts sobbing.
After two months of calm, two bombs targeted two different places in Kirkuk city, one near Abrar mosque on Quds street, which Mayada and her family happened to pass by.
Ahlam Sami, the aunt of Mayada, told KirkukNow, “I told her Mayada to stay with me! Don’t go to the market. She said she should buy clothes for the feast… She is gone, and I’ll never see her again.”
When they started to speak after the end of fasting for the day, Ahlam had no idea it would be the last dinner together, “I miss her. We were together day and night. We were like friends, not family.”

Kirkuk, 9 June 2018, Mayada Hamid died here due to a bomb explosion in Quds neighbourhood, her mother and sister were wounded too. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Kirkuk, 9 June 2018, Mayada Hamid died here due to a bomb explosion in Quds neighbourhood, her mother and sister were wounded too. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Mayada was a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Kirkuk. Her father died due to a bomb on the border of Iraq-Jordan, while leaving the country for medical treatment.
As the bomb went off, she fell to the ground, with bomb splinters all over her body, she succumbs to death before reaching the hospital.
Her brother, Masaab Hamid, told KirkukNow, “My mother is not well. She was under abdominal surgery on the night of the explosion. However, she needs more surgery. The doctors claim they cannot conduct surgery on her due to her blood pressure and wait to reduce the pressure.”
Maryam, 14, also has some splinters in her head and body and requires surgery.

My father and sister died, my mother and other sister are in a coma. When would these explosions end?

Masaab asked, “What happened to us? My father and sister died, my mother and other sister are in a coma. When do these bombs end?”
After Pril, this is the first bomb with casualties to go off in Kirkuk. On 14 April, in a car exhibit in Kirkuk’s central Khazra neighbourhood, a car bomb went off, killing a civilian and leaving at least ten wounded.

Kirkuk, 9 June 2018, The funeral of Mayada Hamid, 25, who died due to a bomb. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Kirkuk, 9 June 2018, The funeral of Mayada Hamid, 25, who died due to a bomb. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Iraq is yet to calm down since 2003, and the bombs still threaten the people, due to the presence of the extremist groups in the centre of the provinces and major cities. The city was relatively calm regarding explosions in the last four years, but the instability gradually haunts it down.
Extremist groups, including the Islamic State (ISIS), although lost control of their areas in the province, they still add to a considerable threat as they have headquarters in complex territories.
Police are yet to identify the perpetrators of the last explosions of Friday.

We urge the politicians to resolve their problems, not to involve people in their affairs.

The first bomb wounded 14 people, along with the death of Mayada. However, the second bomb went off without casualties, although it was thrown to a car near a cafe.
The cousin of Mayada, Sarmad Muhammad, told KirkukNow, “We urge the politicians to resolve their problems, not to involve people in their affairs.”
Ethnic tension emerged in the city directly after the parliamentary election of 12 May, where some parties accuse the others of rigging the election results. The Turkmen component, which blames a Kurdish party of fraud, ended their 26 days of protest on the night the bomb went off. However, there is no hint that the two events are associated at all.

Kirkuk, 8 June 2018, an ambulance arrives at the scene soon after the explosion

Kirkuk, 8 June 2018, an ambulance arrives at the scene soon after the explosion

Sarmad said, “The streets of Kirkuk become too crowded with the approach of the feast. The security forces should increase their presence and regulate people’s traffic. They are responsible for the two explosions.”
When KirkukNow reporter left the family, Mayada was in the graveyard. Her mother and the 14-year-old sister were waiting for surgery. Ahlam was crying and crying in the face of the travesty.
“Who would send me messages on Viber and Messenger. I want Mayada back. Let the bombs end,” Ahlam said.

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