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Vigil for Iraqi victim of racist murder

by Martin Chapman
Issue No. 1919

HUNDREDS attended a vigil in Swansea last Saturday for Kalan Kawa Karim, victim of a racist murder. The vigil was held at the site of the murder, outside a pub in the city centre.

Kalan, an Iraqi Kurd, had fled Iraq after being tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime. He had lost his leg below the knee after he caught an infection in a Baghdad prison. People came from across the city to express their anger, and their support for the Iraqi Kurdish community in Swansea.

Supporters of the vigil included the Swansea Coalition Against War and Swansea Unite Against Fascism.

“The vigil went very well. Lots of people turned up. We were very surprised,” said Sarkat Junad, Kalan’s best friend.

The All Wales Ethnic Minority Association has launched an appeal to help return Kalan’s body home. Make cheques payable to AWEMA Karim Appeal and send them to Barclays Bank, 70 Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5JD. Donate directly to sort code 20-84-41, account no 93356612.

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Sat 18 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1919
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