Alia Khalaf al-Jabouri lives in Al-Alam Iraq. She is a poor widow. Her husband and her eldest son were killed by IS. Still, she did not hesitate to risk two of her children’s lives when she learned that IS soldiers had surrounded a small group of Iraqi soldiers. She directed her son and daughter to drive 30 miles to go and rescue them. They did.
Now Un Qusay (as she is not called) is a revered figure. Her sending her children into harms way to help Shiite soldiers when they are Sunni Muslims and her subsequent opening her home to more Sunni soldiers has led her to become a symbol of self-sacrifice and the possibility of a unified Iraq.