He told me how he learned English language all by himself when he was young , without going to any language school ,,, he said ,
" I bought books and tapes and started learning until I got it ",,,what a determined person that is ,,,,He has a strong will and determination ...
As for his humanity , kindness and merciful conduct I recall this incident which reveals his good heart and kindness -
I remember when we finished the private Arabic lesson - he accompanied us as we were leaving the hotel ,, we were walking along the street in Bab Al-Sharqi - a beggar passed by ,,,she was talking in a loud voice addressing God saying ,,,
" that man is out of this world " - I said to myself ,,,who is he ??? "
On the faint light of the lantern , I filled in the 4 pages of P.11 - the special papers for the United Nations application forms , the next morning my husband delivered the papers to the security guards who were responsible for collecting the application forms ,,,
After a while , may be a month or so ,,my next door neighbour called me, "A telephone call for you" she said and it was the UNOHCI asking me to go for an interview ,,I went and I saw a large number of candidates waiting for their turn in the cafeteria ,,,,,I heard them talking and then I realized that they have all applied for a job ,,,I was sitting there bewildered as I have not prepared anything for the interview because I did not even know what it was about ,,,then there he came ,,the benefactor ,,, the man with a gold heart ,,Ivan ,,,I saw him passing by ,,he looked at me and said quietly : " hello " ,,,I said " hello " ,,, " I do not know why am I here ." ..I said ,, " yes ,,you know " ,,he said ,,,I never forget that short conversation ,, it is still there in graved deep down in my mind ,,,
Then a lady was calling our names and when my turn came ,,I went up , entered a room and was interviewed by an English lady and an Italian man ,,they were very impressed with my qualifications and experience and thus I was hired to teach Arabic to international staff members and then English for Iraqis and Arab members ,,,the fees I took ( 300$ a month ) was a GIFT ,,my way out of such a difficult time ,,,to whom does the credit go ??? Surely to Ivan Salustino who has remembered me and who has given my name to the committee without even realizing how much I needed that job ,, not only that but this man always helps others even if he does not know them and that is what happened with me ,,,wasn't it for him , I would not have taken that job ,,because in our country even with international companies , organizations or establishments - it is not the qualifications , nor the experience that count ,,, we live in a country of mediation , connections and relations ,,this is why we never develop nor have progress,,,,
later on when I saw him and thanked him - his humble answer was : " I only introduced you because I want the best for the UNOHCI "
Deep down in my heart and mind I know that if it wasn't for him ,,I would not have been able to be there even though I was the best and this is what I heard from the committee but the credit and favor goes to my dear brother Ivan
In my life , I have met very few prominent , distinguished , brilliant people whose work and conduct will never be forgotten not only by me but by all those who shared some time , experience and probably hours of humanity ,,,
Whatever I write about Ivan Salustino , my good noble brother , will never be enough to what he has done ,,,to me and others ,,,words can never describe the great and good deeds and acts that this humble man have presented to so many people
I kept giving classes of Arabic and English to international and national staff members in UNOHCI as well as UNECIF ,MDU,UNESCO ,,until one day another broader door was opened by God to me when I applied to work with the WHO and then became the official translator and secretary for the head of the organization ,,
I still say that all the favour goes to Ivan Salustino after God of course ,,,but wasn't it for Ivan who opened the door to me ,,,who knows......
WORDS CAN NEVER DESCRIBE THE DECENT , HONEST HUMANE ,
KIND , GOOD , NOBEL , IVAN
THE MAN WHO LEFT A VERY GOOD IMPRESSION AMONG THE IRAQIS WHO KNEW HIM & WORKED WITH HIM
MAY THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH BLESS & SAVE HIM & HIS FAMILY
We have a saying in Iraq about such wonderful good person ,,we say this is a RARE JEWEL
PRAYERS & MOST REGARDS
My good noble brother