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Nashville Iraqis search for news from home

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When Saddam Hussein began gassing Kurds in northern Iraq, there was a mass exodus. Thousands came to Nashville.

Now, turmoil in northern Iraq has many of them on pins and needles.

Two Kurdish brothers, Nawzad and A. Piro, serve Chicago-style gyros in west Nashville. They bought the business 10 years ago. The brothers work 60 hours a week and love it.

This hard-working family is now nervously watching the situation in Iraq. Their hometown of Dehuk has become home to many refugees.

Nawzad Piro keeps up with family several times a day on Facebook. It's the easiest way for him to communicate via updates and pictures.

The ISIS terrorists are near city limits, and Nawzad Piro's dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews are in harm's way.

Many are taking up arms to fight the terrorists.

"There is no choice, we cannot run again," Nawzad Piro said.

A successful, tolerant and thriving area, Nawzad Piro said he cannot believe what is happening in his former home.

Nawzad Piro said supplies are running low in Dehuk. He said he hopes Nashvillians will reach out to donate items such as clothes to send to the people in northern Iraq.

The Salahadeen Center of Nashville is holding a collection drive for refugees. They are accepting medical equipment, crutches, wheelchairs, medicine, first aid kits, hygiene products, clothing for all ages, blankets and monetary donations.

To learn more about how you can donate, click here.

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