Duhok Col­lege of Arts Loses an Out­stand­ing Pro­fes­sor

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

In days gone by, when some­one died he would not be for­got­ten for years. People would mourn him and his death would be en­graved in their mem­o­ries. But now, be­cause of the way people live and die in Iraq, with all the killing and the slaugh­ter, people for­get the dead the day af­ter their death.

Some­times, how­ever, the dead per­son can live for­ever in our mem­ory be­cause of their good deeds when they were alive. Just such a per­son-a leg­end and a kind, gen­er­ous, so­cia­ble, hu­mor­ous much-loved per­son—had died in Duhok prov­ince, shock­ing a huge num­ber of people.

Dr. Fad­hil, the de­ceased, who had spent his live strug­gling to achieve his goals, was a man wellloved by his stu­dents. With a Ph.D. in English Lit­er­a­ture, he es­tab­lished then taught in the English Depart­ment at Duhok Univer­sity for seven­teen years, ded­i­cat­ing his life to knowl­edge and giv­ing lec­tures in many col­leges.

Un­der his tute­lage, many stu­dents grad­u­ated and went on to be­come teach­ers and lead­ers Fad­hil's death has left an empty space in many stu­dents’ and teach­ers’ lives; on the day of his death, Duhok and its col­lege fell silent as for the death of a great leader—for that is what Dr Fad­hil was.

Dr. Fad­hil died of a heart at­tack on 2 Fe­bru­ary while lec­tur­ing

Dozens of high-rank­ing of­fi­cials, teach­ers, the Dean of the col­lege and his stu­dents ac­com­pa­nied his cortege as it trav­elled from the Duhok Foren­sic Medicine hospi­tal to Beban, the Yazidi vil­lage of his birth, then to the Bozan grave­yard.

Stu­dents ex­press their sad­ness at his death

Q. “What feel­ings come to you when you re­mem­ber Dr. Fad­hil's death?”

Re­nas Mirkan, a fourthyear English stu­dent, said “It still hurts to even think about his death. When I re­mem­ber him, I just smile and re­mem­ber his words: ' Face life, be strong and smile at life'. Once he told me not to cheat when get­ting col­lege cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and a driv­ing li­cense be­cause both re­late not just to you, but to the lives of oth­ers, too. He was a real hu­man be­ing.”

Q: “Do you think you will for­get Dr. Fad­hil one day? Why are all the stu­dents so con­cerned about his death?”

Sana Maya, a fourthyear English stu­dent said: “He will al­ways be in our mem­o­ries. We know he has gone, but we will never for­get him. All the stu­dent are so con­cerned about his death be­cause he was so friendly. He was not like a typ­i­cal, tra- di­tional teacher; he was more con­cerned about us lov­ing each other. He was al­ways telling jokes and had a real sense of co­ex­is­tence--he never distin­guished be­tween stu­dents who were Mus­lim, Chris­tian or Yazidi, though he was a Yazidi him­self. Q: “What does Dr. Fad­hil's death mean to you and how do you feel about his death? How do you feel about los­ing him?”

Fe­bro­nia, a young Assyr­ian who stud­ies at Duhok Univer­sity, said: “He was like a sec­ond fa­ther to me. He was there for me when­ever I needed help, and he showed me the way to be good at English and to suc­ceed. I don’t be­lieve he’s gone. I think of his de­par­ture all the time and ask ‘Where is he now?’. His de­par­ture was a great loss for all of us.”

Be­ing Yazidi, Mus­lim or Chris­tian does not mean that we have to hate or treat oth­ers in a bad way. God has given hu­mans the same fea­tures and or­gans. Co­ex­is­tence in a so­ci­ety with dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties and mi­nori­ties, es­pe­cially in Kur­dish so­ci­ety, strength­ens the ties of brother­hood among its people. The Kur­dis­tan re­gion is a so­ci­ety whose people have a sense of co­ex­is­tence.

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