Socialist Worker

Rose Gentle: 'I lost my son. She lost her whole family'

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 1931

WYTHENSHAWE HOSPITAL in Manchester saw a moving scene last week when Rose Gentle met Iraqi orphan Aysha Saleem.

Rose’s son, British soldier Gordon Gentle, was killed in Iraq in June this year. Aysha was the only survivor of a US plane attack on her family’s home in Fallujah in October.

The US killed eight members of her family, including her pregnant mother and three year old brother. Aysha was dug out from the rubble and brought to Manchester for treatment by Mazin Younis, an Iraqi who lives in Britain.

Rose told Socialist Worker, “Aysha has a container in which she carried all her mum’s belongings. How can this war be a fight for peace when you see a little girl like that?”

Mazin said, “Rose’s visit was a great move. It was really touching, especially for Aysha. It was a far-reaching visit. Rose’s son and Aysha’s family were the victims of the same criminals – Bush and Blair.”

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