Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Alfan Abdulahad — Office Manager

Alfan Abdulahad — Office Manager

My name is Alfan Abdulahad. My husband Suhell Dawood, my sons and I lived a good life in Baghdad before 2003. As medical professionals, we owned a good home, and our two boys went to one of the best schools in Baghdad. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, we thought things in Iraq would get better. On June 11th, 2006, my sons Sarmed and Samer were exposed to an explosion, injuring them both. That is when my husband Suhell decided to take us away from our home country to a safer environment. We fled to Syria, where stayed for two years before coming to the United States as refugees. We lived in Indianapolis, and we faced several challenges since the day of our arrival, November 4th 2008 and tried to adjust to a new culture in a new country.

After fleeing from Baghdad with my family, I started to work in 2009, as an Arabic interpreter in different hospitals and clinics for Arabic patients and clients. In addition, in 2010, I started to work at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation as an office manager – I keep things running around the office, perform administrative tasks, and support programs, events, and partners. Sarmed, my oldest son, graduated in 2013 from IUPUI with a Bachelors degree in Biology, and has graduated from the Dentistry School of Indiana University. Samer, my youngest son, is working on his Masters in Criminal Justice at Indiana University — Indianapolis.

We completed our naturalization ceremony on December 19th, 2013, becoming full US citizens.

Finally, I wish that we can live all together in a peaceful and safe place.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 5:43-44