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I’m fine, Aya. I’ll be home soon

Karim A. Badra shared this link on FB Humans of New York

(11/11)

“Six months ago my father disappeared. He left one morning and didn’t come home.

That morning he answered the phone one time, and he said: ‘I’m fine, Aya. I’ll be home soon.’

And he never answered the phone again. You can’t imagine what this has done to my mind.

I don’t know if he is dead. I don’t know if he remarried. I know nothing.

All day and night I must imagine what has happened. I haven’t even told my younger sisters.

I tell them that Daddy went to Istanbul to work but he will be home. They wouldn’t be able to take it.

I still post old photos to his Facebook page so it seems like he exists.

But it’s been six months, and they want to know why he hasn’t called.

I promise he’s a good person, really. I love him so much.

He loved me too. He always told me that he was proud of me and I was going to be something in life.

But how could he leave me like this? How could he leave all of this on my shoulders?

I’m twenty years old. I can’t handle all of this by myself. I don’t need him to work, or make money, but I need him.

I need my Daddy. I can’t do this alone much longer. I’m getting tired.

I’m a warrior and I’m strong and I’ve fought so much but even warriors get tired.

I’ve been having crazy thoughts lately. I don’t want to do it. I’ve been through so much.

I wanted to go to school and be something in life. But I can’t do this much longer.

I’m alone here and I’m in a very bad place. I feel very scared.

I never wanted to be the traditional Arabic girl who marries her cousin and spends all day in the house.

I’ve worked so hard to escape it all. And I know it’s dangerous.

But if things don’t change for me, I think I’ll have to go back to Iraq.”

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As of now, 4% of the HONY community has signed the petition supporting Aya’s appeal for American resettlement

It would only take 6% of the community to reach a million signatures.

Please consider adding your voice. And if you know someone else who might care about Aya’s story, please consider sharing:

http://www.change.org/friendsofaya

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