The refugee from Boise endured terror in the midst of the American war in Iraq. See her free art at Boise State | Local

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Iraqi-born artist Luma Jasim is pictured with her work in the Long Term Vision exhibit, open August 22 through October 3 at the Student Union Building Fine Arts Gallery in Boise State.


Sarah A. Miller, Idaho statesman


RACHEL SPACEK Statesman of Idaho

BOISE – When she was a child, close friends and family of Luma Jasim knew her as Rassam, an Arabic word meaning one who paints.

Today, a refugee in Boise, Jasim still paints. The suffering of her family’s past, the terror she endured and the violence she saw are expressed in a new exhibit at Boise State University.

As she walked through the tiny maze of her paintings on campus, she told a reporter from Idaho Statesman that she grew up in Baghdad during several wars, fled the country after the American invasion, and how her experience of the war and international relations contributes to its art. .

Finding your voice in the United StatesJasim and his family fled their home in Baghdad in 2006, three years after the American invasion.

Jasim, 45, was born in Baghdad in 1975, five years before the start of the eight-year war between her country and Iran. For most of its life in Iraq, the country has been at war or under US sanctions. After the invasion of the United States, Jasim said: “That’s when we knew we couldn’t continue living there.”

There was violence in Baghdad every day, Jasim said. She, her sister and her brothers kissed their mother every day before leaving the house, as they were never sure to return home at the end of the day.

In 2006, Jasim said that no one knew who the enemy was. At first, she said residents were concerned about the Iraqi government’s violence. They later became concerned about terrorists targeting people because of their religion.


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