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I’m half Iraqi and half Moroccan but was born in England. It’s my second year playing for the Moroccan basketball team and my focus is to represent them in the world cup in four years time. I would never have been this serious about basketball had I never have had what I call my ‘turning point’ four years ago. Sadly the majority of my dad’s side of the family fell victim to the spur of terrorism in Iraq back in 2015. In the space of a week, fourteen of my family members were killed. Shot dead. It was spread out over the week and we got phone calls every single day. It’s safe to say that’s the worst I’ve ever felt in my life and hopefully, the worst I’ll ever feel. It was difficult and there were days when I didn’t want to be awake anymore. At my lowest point I thought ‘do I quit now? Do I throw in the towel?’. At the time I listened to this one speech about Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. Buster was just an up-and-coming boxer and his mum made a bold statement and said ‘my son is going to knock out Mike Tyson’. She was preaching and preaching and then two days before the fight, his mum died. He had a decision to make, he could either die with his mum and give up the fight or live for his mum. He ended up knocking out Mike Tyson in the second round. It was the first time Tyson had ever been knocked down. That story resonated with me. It was that story and my support network that gave me the determination to get to where I am today.