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Auchter's Art: The world's terrible news

Aug 16, 2019

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.

But the one story that did get to me was the deportation and subsequent death of Jimmy Aldaoud. Michigan Radio and the Detroit Free Press have full stories, but to summarize briefly:

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.