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..

Friday, December 16, 2005

Before , during , & after the Elections ....

Hello friends
the Elections day was yesterday ..
Early in the morning (7:00 am) my dad , grandma, & grandpa went & voted (before the terrorists wake up ! hshshshsh ).. my brother ( 19 month old ) was sick( flu &teething) so my mom couldn’t sleep at night because she had to take care of him , therefore she couldn't go early with them , but at 10:00 she waked up& went to vote with some neighbors, it was a great thing to see all the neighbors walking together to the voting station , men & women , girls & boys ,(ah I wish I am 18 !)
There were different opinions between the neighbors , about the candidates, but I think the most important thing that they went & VOTED , no matter for whom ……

If I could vote , I would vote for Allawy (731), but this is my OWN opinion , some people may agree with me , & some may disagree , I think that Allway is an educated & courageous man , & that what we need ….again this is my opinion & I might be wrong !

The days before the Elections ………
As you know we have a stroll ban , so we were stuck at home , but on Tuesday , we went to have dinner with our next door neighbors , I had fun there , we came back home at 9:30 & yesterday they came & had dinner with us …….
my grandparents who live in Baghdad , called us they said that they went to vote with some neighbors ,fortunately my grandparents could vote , but my mom's uncle's wife couldn't, the officials there told her that she have to vote in another voting station !!! and that voting station was faraway from their neighborhood !!! that was unfair I guess….
my grandpa's friend & his family went to vote & guess what ?!!! the officials told them that their names were in Basra ( an Iraqi city in the south) !!!! that is ridicules it Is about 8 hours by car !!! I know it is unbelievable but it is true !!
I will go to school on Sunday I'll have geography exam , the stroll ban will end on Sunday morning (at 6:00 am I guess ) , I will be so busy this week with the double homework, but I assure you I will write to you whenever I have time , my mom told me to study in this holiday but I didn't want to, I wanted to have a rest , but do you know?! she was right , I should have studied for the midyear exam , it will be on January..
"who makes no mistakes makes nothing ",……….

Stay safe , & live strong ! ………
Sunshine …..


At 4:43 PM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

I am so happy that the elections in Iraq went so well!! On another blog site an American soldier who is an officer in Mosul also reported that they went very well. However, he also added that it was all done by the Iraqi people and Iraqi security (the American soldiers were only present on the perimeter or to congradulate the Iraqi people and their security force on their very successful day). Everyday the Iraqis become stronger is a day closer that our soldiers come home. Someone wrote that Americans need to stand united with the Iraqi people on this very special day...and I am in complete agreement.

Some people ask what it take for America to achieve victory, and I agree with those who say it is achieved when the Iraqis are able to stand on their own in the victory of freedom and democracy. Yesterday showed the world that there is a huge light at the end of the tunnel!!

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Maddog said...

It is so wonderful for the entire world to see Iraqis coming together to create their new democracy. Nearly all the coverage I saw was of people so happy to vote. Smiles everywhere.

Sunshine, I hope things will work out well for you (and Iraq) in the future. It may not be everything Iraqis hope for, but over time things will work out fine. Here in America, we never get everything we want either.

But thats Democracy!

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous lavonna said...

Congratulations to your familly and friends Sunshine! What a great Day for your future and Don't worry, you will be 18 soon enough. I'm so pleased the elections went well and I hope all Iraqis will feel a sense of belonging and making a difference and choice to live in peace. The Iraq forces did a fantastic job and I hope this brings our troops home sooner. May you ,your family and friends be Blessed Sunshine.
and I have a feeling you will do fantasic on your exams!

At 10:19 PM, Blogger D.C. said...

Dear Sunshine,

I found something for you.
Please share it with your brother and your sister.

Cute overload

Bravo to you, to your entire family and all Iraqis for remaining so brave and strong during this long proccess until your elections.

It is an honour for us to read your words during such an historical moment for Iraq and for the rest of the Middle East region.

Wish you many more elections for the rest of your long, long and happy life.


At 11:42 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Hi Sunshine - is that your finger, with your vote written on it? :D

At 11:53 PM, Blogger Bill Smith said...

Congratulations, Sunshine!!

Yesterday was a day you will tell your grandchildren about. What magnificent people you are.


At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW this is so cool..... it's really interesting to see this form your point of view. More people should do this.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I'm glad that things went well and your family were safe. Certainly this is an important time for your country.

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous didlot said...

my family and i am so happy for you and your family and all people of Iraq! you are very courageous, strong, and optimistic. and, your opinions matter as they are one of the things a democracy allows the citizens to express as part of freedom of speech. stay safe and study, study, study!

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous americanmama said...

Congratulations to all Iraqis who voted! I remember how excited I was to vote for the first time when I turned 18. I vote every election. Sometimes my favorite candidate wins and sometimes they don't. It's important to keep working at democracy and not give up on it just because of a loss. In the US it took decades for our founders to get the constitution right, and for things to work out. It took a very long time to get fairness between people of different racial and cultural backgrounds. We are still working on it! I pray for peace for Iraq, and for patience for all the people while it is worked out! Stay Strong!

At 8:01 PM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

I too am glad to read that your daughter is feeling better. Sunshine mentioned in her post that her brother was also sick on election day...hopefully it was not as bad as your daughter.

Anonymous number 1 mentioned that the list of voters for each polling station in her state are listed in the newspaper before the election. They do not do this type of thing in my state. However, if I understand the process correctly, in my state when there is someone who is not on the list at the polling station the person is allowed to still vote but their vote is set aside until it can be verified that they should have been on the list.

It make sense that at least a couple of mistakes would occur. I have been going to my polling station for years so the only way I would not be on the list is if the computer "hiccuped" while printing it. However, in Iraq everyone is fairly new to the lists which probably dramatically increases the chance for error.

There are still "voting irregulaities" in America even after all of these years. However, they do not become so well known unless the election race is very close.

My state is currently reviewing our election process because the last election for Governor was so close that they recounted the votes three different times. The person who won on the first count ended up not winning because the second and third count went to his opponent. Each time they recounted they would find votes that they had not counted before (which makes people very suspicious).

We will probably never have a perfect process but it is better than no process at all.

At 12:21 AM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

Oop!! It looks like I got confused about whose blog I was posting on.

At 3:01 AM, Blogger Jack Bennett said...

I wish young Americans were as eager to vote as young Iraqis are, Sunshine! I'm happy the day went well for you and your family.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Hilemanhouse said...

I am an election judge in the US and Iraq is not that different from us in the fact that people are sent to the wrong place or are registered in the wrong place. I can't tell you how many people I had to send somewhere else because their names were not on our lists. We also had several who lived in the same house and one voted with us and the other voted clear across town. So take heart your elections were just as good as ours..

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