She contacted the university’s then security chief Per Gustafson.
Jumaah and his family were particularly in danger because they are part of the Yazidi ethnoreligious group that was subject to brutal treatment by ISIS, who often tortured or murdered the men and sold women into sex slavery.
“I had no hope then at all,” Jumaah told Lund’s University Magazine LUM. “I was desperate. I just wanted to tell my supervisor what was happening. I had no idea that a professor would be able to do anything for us.”
“It was a question of basic humanity. My boss gave me the green light and said ‘just do it’,” she said.
Luckily the rest of the family all survived Isil occupation.
Jumaah had flown in from Sweden after his wife had rung him to say that ISIL warriors had entered the neighbouring village.
Over a few days of intense activity, Gustafson hired a security company which then arranged a rescue operation. Just a few days later two Toyota Land Cruisers bearing four heavily-armed mercenaries roared into the area where Jumaah was hiding.
My family and I are hiding out in a disused bleach factory, hearing the sounds of gunshots as Islamic State (Isil) warriors roamed the town outside.
But Turner was in no mind to let Jumaah’s research project go unfinished.
“I have never felt so privileged, so VIP,” Jumaah said. “But at the same time I felt like a coward because I left my mother and sisters behind me.”
...I would not finish my thesis if I had not returned within a week.
She contacted her superiors to find out if anything could be done.
“My wife was in a total panic, everyone was shocked at how Islamic State was behaving. I took the first plane there to be with them. What sort of life would I have had if anything had happened to them when I wasn’t there?” he said.
“It was almost as if he’d been waiting for this kind of mission,” she said.
They then drove him him away to Erbil airport together with his wife and two small children.
He successfully completed his Ph.D. and works at a pharmaceutical company in Malm. The family also almost paid off the university for the mercenaries they hired.
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