I'm sure you are well aware of the terrible things happening in the world recently — mass shootings, violent protests, family separations, economic slowdowns — the list (unfortunately) goes on.
It can be difficult to get through a day carrying all these around with you. I try to be aware of what's going on, but keep some healthy distance so I'm not wrecked.
In the 1970s Aldaoud came to the United States as a baby with his Iraqi Chaldean family to escape religious persecution. He grew up in Michigan. Aldaoud suffered from mental illness and eventually diabetes. He had a criminal record, mostly petty theft, but with some more serious charges, which involved disputes with his father. Because of these criminal convictions he was deported on June 2 by ICE to Iraq. Aldaoud was scared, alone, and sick. He received some help from other deportees but was soon found dead, likely a consequence of his diabetes but no one knows for sure. The Chaldean Community Foundation is covering the cost of returning his body to the United States for a proper burial next to his mother.
How can you know that happened and not be wrecked?
John Auchter is a freelance political cartoonist. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan.