This picture of my old friend Riahd was taken in the early nineties.
He was writing up his PhD thesis. Something to do with ‘piles’. Those things that oil rigs need to secure their footings. The first Gulf war was a recent event.
Riadh had a lot on his mind. His future back home in Iraq was uncertain. I know he wanted to work in Australia but no avenues were opening up for him.
As far as I know he returned to Iraq around 1994. Just in time for the second
invasion liberation of Iraq.
I have not heard from him since. Nor have any of my friends who went to Uni with him.
I hope he got out and but I fear the worst.