An Oral History Project

Wijida Naeem Maryoush

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Wijida gives a detailed explanation the discrimination she experiences being Sabean, including her husband’ s experience of being kidnapped by the Iranians during the Iran-Iraq war. He spent seven years working with the Iranian military, being forced to convert to Islam. Wijida is the second wife of her husband (who divorced his first wife). Wijida takes care of a son from his first marriage as well as a son from her marriage. She is one of the few women who actually discussed the relational stresses that the family experience due to being refugees, including domestic violence.