Resettled Refugee, ISIS Attack Survivor Finds Hope in Boxing | NBC Left Field


I’m here in Tukwila, Washington, because of a comment from Ali Withers. She
tagged an aspiring firefighter and boxer who has a fascinating back story from Iraq.
I was born in Iraq, in the south Baghdad. In 2008, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which was supposed to
grant 20,000 special immigrant visas between 2008 and 2012 to Iraqis who had
been employed or related to someone employed by the U.S. government. By 2012,
however, right around the time Mohammed began applying for his visa, less than 40
percent of the available 20,000 visas had been awarded and it wasn’t clear if
the remaining visas would be used. Although Mohammed was eligible for one
of these special immigrant visas, he eventually found his through the
International Organization for Migration. Today, Mohammed is one of more than 3,000 Iraqi refugees that have been resettled
in Washington State. As the rest of his siblings in Baghdad also wait for visas,
Mohammed has started going back to school, and recently got a new doctor in
Seattle, who told him he can start boxing again. If you know someone like Mohammed that’s
trying to make a positive impact in your neighborhood, tag them in the comments
with the hashtag #TagNBCLF and we’ll film their story next.

7 thoughts on “Resettled Refugee, ISIS Attack Survivor Finds Hope in Boxing | NBC Left Field

  1. Good luck to you in your life here in America. My deceased husband was also a boxer, trained in Detroit, who received the light weight golden gloves boxing championship during the Korean War in France. He was never acknowledged here because this country was fighting it's own bigotry. However, he ended up becoming an asset to our community. Good luck!

  2. #TAGNBCLF Cat Man Chris he has a YouTube channel, two actually, trying to bring awareness for felines, big and small. He's an amazing person, very funny, with a big big heart

  3. Elections are a 1 man 1 vote system. Let in too many refugees/illegals and you risk being outvoted. (legally or illegally.) Remember… they will reproduce too. Also… if terrorists and criminals are hidden among refugees, they could gradually increase in numbers and vote their agents into your government. This causes social problems which in turn ruins your economy too. Every country's government must be responsible for their own people, not let foreign nations care for them. Accepting refugees/illegals encourages their corrupt governments to continue ill treating its citizens. There are other ways to help.

  4. I'm a white guy who also lives in Tukwila, WA, where this gentleman was resettled and I hope my community can welcome as many refugees and immigrants as need a place to go.

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