The Forgotten Children of Baghdad
Ahmad Rustam was forced to leave Iraq in 1978 due
to the nature of the Regime and how it treated its
opponents. He arrived in the UK to further his education.
Ahmad later met his wife in Scotland, where they settled
down and had their daughter who was born in Glasgow.
the collapse of the regime in April 2003, having been
deprived of his homeland, Ahmad felt the need to return
to Baghdad, which he did in July 2003.
further two visits in Feb and Sept 2004, revealed
the absolute need for Iraq to be helped in many ways.
What was obviously the most desperate need, was to
help the children of this devastated country.
After regaining possession of the family home in Baghdad,
the decision was made to open its doors as a shelter
for the orphaned street children of Baghdad and for
Ahmad to go over to Iraq and make it happen.
work has already started on the house to get it ready
for its new purpose.
Ahmad has undertaken a First Aid course in preparation,
kindly subsidised by St John's Ambulance.
is the first orphanage of its kind in Baghdad.