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The family lived on Glenanail Drive, off the Tuam Road in Galway and originally hailed from Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq

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Karzan Sabah Ahmed (left), Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena

Karzan Sabah Ahmed (left), Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena

Karzan Sabah Ahmed (left), Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old baby Lena

A fundraiser to repatriate the bodies of an Iraqi family killed in a horrific collision on the M6 motorway in Galway last week has raised almost €70,000 in 15 hours.

Karzan Sabah (36), his wife, Shahen Qasm (31), and their baby Lena (eight months) were killed when a man drove his Volkswagen Touran at speeds of up to 120km on the wrong side of the motorway and crashed head-on into their car last week.

The family lived on Glenanail Drive, off the Tuam Road in Galway and originally hailed from Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Now, a community GoFundMe page is raising funds to repatriate their bodies back to their families in the Middle East.

The fundraiser’s organisers - consisting of friends from NUI Galway and the Kurdish community in Ireland - said that baby Lina never got to meet her family in Iraq and added that repatriating the family back home “would have meant a great deal” to Karzan and Shahen.

“On Thursday the 19th of August 2021, a light was extinguished from so many lives,” they wrote.

“Our friend and colleague Karzan, along with his wife Shahen and their 9-month-old baby Lina were cruelly taken from the world. We were all left devastated, heartbroken and confused by such a senseless loss. 

“Their lives were only just beginning, with Karzan having just submitted his PhD thesis, secured a new job, and of course the unbridled joy of Lina being born. 

“They were so happy. The only small comfort we have is knowing that they are still together.

“We now desperately want to repatriate them back to their families in Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq so that they can be close to their loved ones. It would have meant a great deal to Karzan and Shahen.

“The least we can do is try and get them home so that they can find some peace.

“Please give what little you can, and we can try and bring some sense of comfort to those people affected by this awful tragedy. The more we raise, the easier it will be for their families.”

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The GoFundMe page has surpassed its target of €40,000 and has raised a total of €67,860 since it was set up on Monday.

Donations can be made here

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