Duhok College of Arts Loses an Outstanding Professor
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.