February 2, 2017 8:25 pm
Updated: February 3, 2017 11:04 am

Quebec City man relives Iraq war horror after mosque attack

WATCH ABOVE: Families of the six victims in the Quebec City mosque shooting are looking to move on as they prepare to say their final good-byes to their loved ones. Global's Kelly Greig reports.

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With the discussion surrounding Islamophobia front and centre following the Quebec City mosque attacks, Muslims in that city say they are still fearful.

When news of the mosque shootout broke, Rashad Wanas grabbed his wife and three children and hid inside a bedroom, fearing they were next.

The 38-year-old moved to Canada in 2011 to escape the conflict in his native Iraq.

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But the mosque shooting brought everything rushing back, and Wanas felt instantly transported back to 2003.

READ MORE: Quebec City mosque left with blood stains, bullet holes after deadly shooting

“When I got the news, it took me back to Iraq. It was like the situation that made me live in hiding in Iraq,” Wanas told Global News.

Wanas, who lived through the worst of the Iraq war, says this isn’t what he expected from his new home.

“I came to Canada because I heard it was peaceful and safe, that life is good for families,” he said.

READ MORE: Quebec City shooting: Is Islamophobia ‘more manifested’ in Quebec?

“I left my friends, my father, my mother, my family… everything. I chose safety for my family.”

Even with the outpouring of support and vigils across the country, Wanas says he doesn’t feel safe.

READ MORE: Quebec ignored Muslim fears for safety: community members

He fears for his family, especially his wife who wears a hijab.

“Monday morning, my wife was wearing her hijab to work. I told her no, you’re not wearing it. You’re going to wear something else, you might be targeted.”

He’s disappointed and scared something like this could happen in Canada.

It’s a life he thought he left behind.

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