He was a patriotic fighter, a man of social peace and a struggling father.
First of all, this article is a brief overview of the political and social biography of one of the famous personalities of South Kurdistan, especially Jaloula. Haji Braimi Haji Fatah is one of the prominent figures of the region in all aspects, social, political and economic. He was a social peace activist, having a strong personality that influenced the solution of social problems for those who turned to him. He has a long history of political struggle and participated in the Kurdistan Liberation Movement in two ways, officially as a member of the Iraqi Communist Party since his youth, and unofficially after leaving the party and after his release from political prison in 1967. He was imprisoned twice and spent more than five years. He was also expelled from his homeland and his house was looted by the saddam regime. Regarding the economy, Haji Brahim was an intelligent and hardworking person who built himself from scratch and accumulated a moderate wealth that he was able to help many people, including relatives and foreigners. His short life was only fifty-five years of hard work and struggle. Haji Braimi Haji Fatah was born in 1932 in the village of Karablakh in the district of Kufri in one of the noble families of the region. He left his village as a child to study and later dropped out of primary school because he was his father's only child. Haji Fatah died in 1952 and his son took over the management of his land and livestock. He then moved to Sheikh Langar village, where only a few families lived. Marriage to Political Struggle Ibrahim Fatah married Aisha Khan, daughter of the well-known religious and politician Mullah Sayed Hakim of Khanaqin in 1953. Aisha Khan lived in an intellectual family in Khanaqin. However, Braimi Haji Fatah's reputation as an active youth in the area led Asha Khan's family to allow their daughter to live with him in the village. After a while, a great love arose between them and the young girl of the city of Khera wore village clothes and culture and became a mother, wife and love of a man who lived happily and bitterly with her. From here, his political life and organizational activities within the Iraqi Communist Party began. In 1960, the husband was deported from his hometown to the town of Rifa'i in Nasiriyah province in southern Iraq. The family lived in the town for eighteen months and had six children. After that, he was pardoned and returned to his village. Three months later, he was arrested again and imprisoned in Kufri district. He continued his political struggle until he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to five years in prison. Ibrahim Fatah spent five years in the notorious Nugrat Salman prison. When his sentence ended, the Ba'ath Party made him give up all his beliefs and His imprisonment lasted until some of his comrades who had social and political positions at the time intervened and he was released This time, he continued to live and struggle empty-handed. Back home and starting from scratch Ibrahimi, a 35-year-old youth, was released from prison empty-handed and returned to his village to find all his property looted. The young man with a family of six children did not give up and started working from scratch. This time, he moved to Jaloula in Diyala province and started a new life in 1968. He opened a small shop at the gate of Jaloula town in front of the Jaloula district building in order to be seen by the Ba'ath authorities and monitor his movements. This time, the strength of his personal charisma, honesty and loyalty and the way he deals with people has been able to gain the trust of the people and his business has grown. Ibrahim Fatah suffered a lot of expulsion, deportation, imprisonment and looting of his property. However, because of his self-confidence, strong will and strong personality, he has always been a source of trust for all his sons He was wounded in the Iraq-Iran war and has been living abroad in Europe with his wife and daughter ever since. “I was my father's turn and we were very close. In 1972, the Iraqi Communist Party asked him to take over the party's responsibility in Diyala. We discussed the issue together and he finally decided to resign because of the pressure from the Ba'ath Party. continues:
I remember how strong and sharp his mind was when he made this decision. He felt responsible for his family, who had grown up to be the father of eight children, and could not freely carry out his political duties because he was always under close Ba'athist surveillance. On the other hand, his love for Kurdistan and his belief in the issue became a strong motivation in his heart, so he wisely decided to continue his work and struggle voluntarily.
Sarbaz, his second son, remembers how they traveled together to surrounding villages where there were Peshmergas and brought them food and clothes. “He cleverly deceived the Ba'athist forces at checkpoints and took my mother and younger brothers and sisters with him so that they would be embarrassed and not check his car. Every time he went out with the sun, he filled his car with food and supplies and took my brothers and sisters to sleep with the sun. Sarbaz says his idea was successful and he took the aid to the villages of Alian and Hasil in Zangana and Boysana Sur in Sharazoor. Media, the little squirrel confirms that she was the sleeping child in her mother's arms on the trip.Media, the little squirrel confirms that she was the sleeping child in her mother's arms on the trip I remember the events like a dream. My brother Niaz (who is three years younger than me) and I were sleeping and my parents were taking him into the car very late at night. Sometimes I couldn't sleep and my father would whisper near the checkpoints, “Put yourself to sleep.” Strangely enough, sometimes I remember the events. As a child, I understood the dangers and fell asleep as if playing a game and then went back to happiness because I knew we were going to the Peshmerga.
Ibrahim Fatah's mother, sons and daughters remember being deported and looted several times. In 1975, a number of Kurdish families were transferred to the Tarmiya area in southern Iraq. The family then returned to Jaloula again and in 1995 they were again ordered to be deported to southern Iraq, but this time they were forced to pay bribes to Ba'athist men and left for Kurdistan, where they have since settled in Erbil. Memories of the hard struggle All members of Ibrahim Fatah's family tell their memories in the same way, between feeling pain and pride in their courage and resistance The children themselves have been ridiculed in schools and in official and unofficial places, but they all insist on not giving up their father's values of courage, perseverance and Kurdishness. Ibrahim Fatah had five sons and six daughters. I will write their names according to their age: Pola, Gulzar, Mahabad, Sarbaz, Ashti, Nishtiman, Evin Ibrahim Fatah, Awaz, Aras, Media and Niaz. His two older sons live in Europe with his wife The others are all in Kurdistan and each has their own jobs, profession, home and children. Ashti and Nishtiman passed away in 2015 and 2012, leaving behind serious wounds for their families and children who are now in Kurdistan. Note: This article was written with the help of all the sons, daughters and wife of Ibrahim Fatah.