Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Please help slain translator's family

Reporter Jill Carroll was kidnapped after leaving the office of Adnan al-Dulaimi in the Baghdad suburb of Al-Adil on Saturday morning. Allan Enwiya, an Iraqi interpreter, was killed during the kidnapping. He leaves a wife and young children.

First, let's all hope and work for the safe release of Jill Carroll. She is a freelance journalist for The Christian Science Monitor. She was investigating and had gone to interview Adnan al-Dulaimi, head of the Sunni Arab Iraqi Accordance Front, when Enwiya was killed and she was kidnapped.

Next, and most pressing, Fayrouz knows many of the folks involved in this story. She is collecting donations for the family of Allan Enwiya. It's difficult to explain, but understand these donations are vital because widows in Iraq are basically widows for life.

Any small amount is appreciated. However, it would be best if y'all could dedicate your next freelance gig or aftermarket sale to Allan Enwiya. American journalists in foreign countries depend on local translators to get stories. These freelance translators put their lives on the line to help us, yet they make little money and have no insurance.

Please read about this kidnapping and the Enwiya fund, then do what you can.

Enough for now,

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