An Iraqi trying to save an American soldier is not something we usually see on American TV. However, on the World’s Refugee Day, a local Roanoke TV station broadcasted a report about an Iraqi refugee family that just came to the United States. Hayder Kharallah, an Iraqi interpreter who worked with American troops in Iraq, is one of the Iraqi political refugees who made it safe to the U.S. with his wife Deena and his son Ali.
Hayder’s leg was amputated below the knee after the convoy of U.S. soldiers he was interpreting for, took enemy fire-from three different directions. He was shot while he was trying to save a military Sergeant and a friend whom he was playing a video game with hours before they were attacked.
For more about Hayder and his survival story, click here.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Another good story this past weekend about an injured Iraqi refugee who has settled in Houston:

  2. Bassam Sebti says:


    Thanks for sharing this story link with us. Ameera’s story is a big proof that the brutality of war has its toll on so many innocent people. There are hundreds of Ameera’s in Iraq now that are no longer normal.

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