Days of My Life

Talk about daily life of a teenage girl in Iraq, and days of suffering and success. My nick name will be Sunshine..

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Please try to imagine ...

Summer in Iraq is very hot, the temperature reaches 52 centigrade, imagine we don’t have electricity for many many hours a day (12-22 hours), believe me it’s intolerable. The electricity in my country is bad since 1991 (before I was born, when the electric power stations were damaged in the gulf war).
We have a big generator in the neighborhood as well as in many other neighborhoods, & the neighbors got lines to their houses , but only limited amperes , which isn’t enough to use the air conditioner , instead we use air cooler which some times make it worse , because of the high humidity . It’s some time very difficult to breath for my mother & I as we are asthmatic .These generators have a great role to pollution as they usually expel smoke.
We also have a small generator in our house but we can only use it when we have fuel!!!! .
We some times spend nights with out sleeping. we have a chargeable fan to be used in the night when the generator is out of work , because the neighborhood’s generator works from 12 o’clock pm until 6 o’clock am , the generator work 3 hours & rest for one hour .
That is the reason behind the delay of my posts, specially some times even when I do have power the voltage can be so low (175 _185V)which is not enough to run the computers or any other machines , in addition to the very bad internet services, & bad phone lines, so you can see how much we suffer...
By the way, now in Iraq we have serious deficiency of fuel that the cars queues extend to many kilometers in such very hot weather.
In spite of every thing, I always try to shine, & live strong.
Enjoy your electricity, internet, & the phone services…
Sunshine …


At 1:09 AM, Blogger Maddog said...


There's an old saying... "Rome wasn't built in a day". In fact, Rome was built over many, many years.

Iraq will not be rebuilt quickly from the Saddam days when he allowed Iraqi infrastructure to deteriorate to the point where it is basically non-repairable. Nor will Iraq be rebuilt quickly until this "insurgency" resides. The USA has given 20 billion dollars (US) to the reconstruction of Iraq. But.... why spend it when whatever the USA builds is destroyed by the insurgents and terrorists. If there WASN'T an insurgency, you would probably not be complaining "at all" about your situation. New water plants and electricity plants would be built and oil income from Iraq's vast oil reserves would be increased dramatically. You would have your fuel. And... Iraqis would be working together for YOUR future. None of this is happening because of the acts of the terrorists and insurgents. They do not want these things to happen. They... are so willing to destroy new water plants, schools, police stations, etc., and kill all the employees. It's despicable to me. Do you agree with "them"?

Sooner or later, Iraqis will come together and decide if they want a democracy, wherein Iraqis decide their own future, or a dictatorship (ala Saddam) where others "tell" you what you should (will) have.

It is my hope that Iraqis want to be free to choose their own future.

When that happens (and I think it will), your country will give you freedom, and will protect you from the injustice you have suffered from these TERRORISTS.

And.... your country will be run by YOU, your family, and your neighbors and your vote.

Stay safe Sunshine, and please continue to post.

We always listen to you and your thoughts.

At 5:09 AM, Blogger Brian H said...

Here's a suggestion for low-amperage cooling.

Uses mist evaporation.

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll count my blessings when I switch the lights on tonight. Thank you for the reminder.

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Apostle John said...

Just found your blog -- it was mentioned in your uncle's blog.

I am really enjoying it!

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Dear sir (Maddog):
I hope you are fine, thanks I lot for all your comments, I am absolutely agree with you , reconstructions should be done after get rid of terrorism . I want to say that I don’t agree with the terrorists I hate them they kill a lot of people & they don’t want us to live in peace , now the terrorists are being cached by the American army , the national guards & the policemen , the terrorists will be cached one after one , & we will live in peace after all.

At 12:34 AM, Blogger A Friend said...


I can imagine, because I'm living in Iraq...

our neighborhood’s generator is out of work, So is our generator .

You forgot something. The mobiles... Oh. What a services! I can't call my mother when we are in the same room !

I am spending my holiday reading , writing, and browsing on the internet.

visit me at :
Take care


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