Ravages of war unite community, Iraqi family
Susan Loudon was sitting at her brother- and sister-inlaw’s table in Lago Vista on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. She was in town visiting Tom and Cathy Campbell as well as her father and her sister, when she read about the Al Zuwaydee family.
Saif Al Zuwaydee, 35, and his wife Rusul Khudhair, 30, and their three children had emigrated to Austin from Iraq this spring. His life was in danger because of his past work as an interpreter for U.S. troops.
The Zuwaydees are part of the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign, which helps 12 featured families and hundreds of others through local nonprofit agencies.
Loudon’s own son Christopher had been killed in Iraq in October 2006 by an improvised explosive device that killed 23-year-old Christopher, who was stationed at Fort Hood, three other soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter.
“We always felt bad as a
Saif Al Zuwaydee’s wife, Rusul Khudhair, holds her daughter Noor, 6, at their apartment in north Austin on Wednesday. Khudhair was sad because she was missing her family in Iraq.