After I joined Trade Bank of Iraq as Banking Consultant I got in touch with Mrs. Aliaa Shikara, Assistant Manager at Suleymania branch through Yahoo! messenger for official reasons.
Yahoo! messenger is being widely used in Trade Bank of Iraq for discussing official issues as a means of communication. She was introduced by Ronaldo Trinidad. I saw her first time when we went to Bangalore for Business Analysis for the Core Banking Solution – Equation 3.9 – a Misys product. After that, we have met a few times in Baghdad.
She is a nice and friendly lady. We became friends also because that she can speak English well, which is not so common in Iraq. We became good friends when we went for Business Analysis at Beirut for Equation.
She has a very good child-like heart. We enjoyed her innocent, sometimes a bit eccentric acts. It was her innocent, child like demand at 11.00pm to accompany her on a walk! She was such a crazy woman! Even, we drove to Junieh at midnight for a cup of coffee besides the Mediterranean Sea! We, however, enjoyed the idea, the drive, the coffee that we repeated it again. Also, I used to tell her many harsh words even for official matters, but she never felt it bad. She is a real nice friend.
With Aliaa and her brother in Byblos (Lebanon)
She has resigned from Trade Bank of Iraq as she and her family are migrating to US. Before joining Trade Bank of Iraq, she was working with some US agencies after the US led invasion to Iraq and that helped her in getting the US visa.
She is leaving for US on September 19, 2010 with her family. She came to visit the house of our very special friends and colleagues – Teeba and Ouss last evening. They called me at their house to bid Aliaa and her family farewell.
With families of Aliaa & Teeba in Baghdad
We had coffee and snacks together. We all chatted and then bid them farewell. It is nice that they are migrating to a better country, but an unknown domain, alien culture. It is a new beginning for them. They have to look for house, jobs for them and schools for kids. The most difficult part is to find a good job in US especially now in this time of recession and layoffs. Things are going to be quite difficult for them.
I wish Aliaa and her family good luck. We will miss you, Aliaa!