Her Pogrom

“I survived Baghdad to get cancer?” My mother’s words stir my heart as the 75th anniversary of the Farhud, the Rashid Ali Rebellion of 1941, was commemorated last week. I wish my mother was still alive to see the Jewish media finally begin to catch up with Mizrahi history. Every bit of validation counts. Mom was just sixty-four, ready to enjoy her retirement. Instead we were looking for a cancer support group. She survived Iraq, twenty years of statelessness, and finally made it to America- it felt ludicrous, a booby prize. But she was always a good student and the medical profession had no cure for her; her best bet was to unpack childhood trauma, find a support group, and work on “attitudi

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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