– A Professora de Química e o seu Doutorando em área de guerra (literalmente).

E não é mentira a história que impressiona, entre uma professora protagonista com um “roteiro de filme para formar seu aluno”, que surgiu nos últimos dias. E que aconteceu há 5 anos, sem que ninguém soubesse!

Charlotta Turner, Professora de Química Analítica da Universitária de Lund, na Suécia, soube que seu aluno que orientava no Doutorado, Firas Mohsin Jumaah, não poderia concluir o curso já que por ser iraquiano, foi passar uns dias em seu país-natal e acabou cercado por uma célula do grupo terrorista Estado Islâmico, que dominou a região e impediu a saída de moradores.

Não é que a docente contratou, acredite, um grupo de mercenários que o retirou de lá, e trouxe a família dele para tranquilizá-lo?

Disse a professora:

“Fiquei chateada com a situação do Firas porque ele era meu aluno e era minha a responsabilidade por ele entregar a tese”.

Tal empenho da professora impressiona. Mas contratar mercenário para trazer o aluno de volta, nunca vi!

Abaixo, extraído do noticiário sueco, em: https://www.thelocal.se/20181213/lund-professor-freed-student-from-islamic-state-warzone

LUND PROFESSOR FREED STUDENT FROM ISLAMIC WAR ZONE

Charlotta Turner, professor in Analytical Chemistry, received a text message from her student Firas Jumaah in 2014 telling her to to assume he would not finish his thesis if he had not returned within a week.

He and his family were, he told her, hiding out in a disused bleach factory, with the sounds of gunshots from Isis warriors roaming the town reverberating around them. Jumaah, who is from Iraq, is a member of the ethno-religious group Yazidi hated by Isis.

“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.”
Jumaah had voluntarily entered the war zone after his wife had rung him to say that Isis fighters had taken over the next-door village, killing all the men and taking the women into slavery.

“My wife was totally panicking. Everyone was shocked at how IS were behaving,” he said. “I took the first plane there to be with them. What sort of life would I have if anything had happened to them there?”

But Turner was not willing to leave her student to die without trying to do something.

“What was happening was completely unacceptable,” she told LUM. “I got so angry that IS was pushing itself into our world, exposing my doctoral student and his family to this, and disrupting the research.”

She contacted the university’s then security chief Per Gustafson.

“It was almost as if he’d been waiting for this kind of mission,” Turner said. “Per Gustafson said that we had a transport and security deal which stretched over the whole world.”

Over a few days of intense activity, Gustafson hired a security company which then arranged the rescue operation.

A few days later two Landcruisers carrying four heavily-armed mercenaries roared into the area where Jumaah was hiding, and sped him away to Erbil Airport together with his wife and two small children.

“I have never felt so privileged, so VIP,” Jumaah told LUM. “But at the same time I felt like a coward as I left my mother and sisters behind me.”

uckily the rest of his family survived Isis occupation, while Jumaah back in Sweden completed his PhD and now works for a pharmaceuticals company in Malmö. The family has almost finished paying the university back for the rescue operation.

“It was a unique event. As far as I know no other university has ever been involved in anything like it,” Gustafson said.

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Firas Jumaah and his former PHD supervisor Charlotta Turner. Photo: Kennet Ruona

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