Iraqi family become U.S. citizens in Nashville

Zainab Rahman and her children were allowed to leave Baghdad after her husband was murdered.
Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 11:06 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - After living in Nashville for five years, an Iraqi mother of three has finally gained her U.S. citizenship.

Zainab Rahman was allowed to leave Baghdad after her husband was murdered. However, she and her children witnessed her husband’s murder in the front yard of their home.

They managed to leave the country and move in with Zainab’s brother in Nashville.

Nashvillian, and longtime volunteer, Carole Sergeant heard about the family’s needs and jumped in to help.

Sergent assisted in furnishing their home, found a car for Zainab, and taught her how to drive it. Sergent even helped her find work as a translator at Apollo Middle School.

Sergent and her granddaughter surprised Zainab with a cake and balloons in the school’s parking lot to celebrate her official status as a U.S. citizen.

Since Rahman’s children are under 18, they are automatically considered U.S. citizens.