Salahuldeen University Student killed in “suspicious accident”
Rozhbeen, a female student from Salahuldeen University died from injuries sustained from falling “under an oil truck”.
Rozhbeen was a student from Northern Kurdistan at Salahuldeen, and studied in Erbil. She died of injuries sustained from an oil truck that reportedly crushed her skull and caused severe bleeding.
The news of Rozhbeen’s death has caused quite a stir. Kurdish news outlets have covered it extensively, and the facts from the actual incident are largely unknown. Some media outlets have claimed that it was a suicide attempt, while others raise questions regarding the police’s role in capturing the killer.
Rozheen Mustafa was born on the 21st of March 1992. She was born on the first day of the Kurdish calendar, which is called ‘Nawroz’. Her father informed Kurdish News Agencies that he initially wanted to name her ‘Nawroz’ because it is a day of celebration for Kurdish people. However, he explained that the Turkish authorities would have been suspicious of such a name, and feared that it would cause trouble for his family. As a result, he named her ‘Rozhbeen’. Her family lives in a refugee camp, known as Makhmoor, and have been devastated by the recent news of her death, and more importantly by the sensationalist media headlines it has resulted in.
Erbil’s Coroner Head of Press Department revealed that her head was crushed because of the tire pressure when the truck hit her. Sherko Sabir explained that her chances of survival after the accident were minimal.
Amina Qadir, one of Rozhbeen’s closest friends, recounted her version of events on that evening. She said, just before the incident took place Rozhbeen had informed her that she was ‘going to leave the dormitory and get back home’. Qadir further explained that she called Rozhbeen’s father to inform him that his daughter was leaving the dormitory, and on her way back home. His father confirmed this version of events, and said his daughter had already informed him of her departure.
At 2.30 PM, Qadir called Rozhbeen while she was walking within the dormitory, but she did not answer the call. Later on, Qadir claims to have seen her body fall over the ground, with severe head bleeding. No one was nearby this accident, and Qadir explained that she started to ‘shout loudly’ and ‘cry for help’.
One of the students within the dormitory claims that Rozhbeen was talk- ing on the phone when the truck hit her. The incident still remains murky, and the Police department has not revealed the actual facts.
Qadir’s friend also revealed that Rozhbeen was suffering from depression, and that she visited a psychologist to treat herself in a public school. This has given rise to many allegations that Rozhbeen committed suicide and was suffering from a mental disorder.
During Rozhbeen’s condolence ceremony in the refugee camp within the city of Makhmoor, hundreds of her colleagues and college students from the College of Law and Politics of Salahuldeen University, as well as the head of the University came to pay their respects. Among those present were her professors, who expressed sadness and dismay.
Her father spoke during the ceremony, he said ‘Rozhbeen was a distinctive student and it is obviously reflected in her condolence ceremony. I educated her not only for my family, but also for the Kurdish society. We fled Turkey 20 years ago, when she was only 40 days old”.
Rozhbeen’s father dismissed all claims of familial problems, and said his daughter enjoyed a healthy relationship with her family, adding that she was very close to her mother.
Dr Saadollah Abbas, vice president of Salahaddin University for student affairs, said that the university’s legal department formed an investigative committee to look into the incident. He also added that the university will be waiting to receive the final result of the investigation, and legal procedures will be taken after the result is declared.
Rozhbeen Mustafa, the Kurdish student, who dies in a Leila Qassim Dormitory a few days ago in the capital city of Erbil.