DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Conflict in the Middle East now echoes in Metro Detroit as local Iraqis speak out about their homeland in crisis.
The prayers at Karbala Islamic Education Center may be whispered on American soil, but they’re intended for the ones living abroad.
Emad Alamara bows his head not only for peace in his homeland, but for the welfare of those still living in Iraq.
"And my family is there," said Almara. "My mother, sister, brother, friends.”
“People are coming here to pray for God, for peace, for unity," said Imam Husham Al-Husainy. "For stability because they haven’t tasted the peace yet.”
The taste remains bittersweet for Metro Detroit’s Iraqi population--thankful to have escaped the violence, but concerned about radical Islamic insurgents terrorizing their families.
Martin Manna, President of the Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce says the decades-long effort to democratize Iraq now hangs in the balance.
“People there are not living in freedom," said Manna. "They don’t share the same democracy that you and I have. They live in fear. And so for them, they don’t feel it’s a true liberation.”
“So, the people are worried about their people, worried about their country," said Al-Husainy. "Worried about their land, worried about their future.”