Ana Iraqi ....
After we won the game , I hoped that the coming days and months will be peaceful and we will live happily ever after !..
The situation now is not good at all , two days ago I was waiting for my friend to come (the girl I am teaching) , and a mine exploded behind my house , of course the doors and windows were opened, my friend was walking in the street with her mom when the explosion happened , they ran to my neighbor's house for a while . we kept hearing explosions every now and then during her lesson , after 4 hours her mom came to pick her , she was still in her way to my house when another explosion happened but with heavy shooting this time , her mom started to run until she reached our house , she was exhausted and afraid..
Last Thursday , mama came back from her work , and said 3 mortars fell on the hospital , there were injured and dead people , it was a horrible day , so many explosions and shootings , while she was talking to me about her bad day , her mom called and said " aunt Nazly died" I was upset as well as mama ..
Aunt Nazly's brother came to my grandparents to tell them about his sister, he kept talking to himself " no , no , she is not dead , she is asleep and will wake up" .he was shocked and in denial …
Grandma , grandpa , and two neighbors started to search for and call everyone in their phone copybook , to find any one of their Armenian relatives ,their church.. they don't have close relatives here, they came from Armenia so many years ago , & both of them are not married .
Grandpa started to call the churches , he didn’t find any presbyter , or monk, all of them were threatened and left Iraq .. luckily , grandma called a woman who was 75 years old relative , she came after few hours with a young monk, he took aunt Nazly alone ,to the Armenian cemetery in Bakooba ( outside Baghdad) they put her in a car with 20 large ice moulds because of the very high temperature to protect her body ..
This fabulous woman who dedicated her life to serve the community and was loved by everyone , didn't have the funeral she deserve , she was a nurse and saved many souls ..
At that day, her brother who was in shock went to sleep in the afternoon , grandpa kept looking at him from the fence , and he stayed in the same positions for hours , he was sleeping horizontally in his bed!!! , grandpa got suspicious, he came in the evening for the poor neighbor but he was till in the same position and did not respond to my grandpa door knocking or phone calls. Another neighbor came and said" he is tired and need to sleep, don't worry, we will visit him early in the morning ,inshalla"…
in the early hours on Friday morning , grandpa , with the help of the police broke the door and they found uncle Berg dead ..
Poor man , uncle berg was really a kind peaceful man , may god bless his soul
The biggest problem was the high temperature (56 C. ) , he died at 5 afternoon and stayed in the room until the next day , and there was curfew , the woman who brought the monk live far away, and the cemetery is outside Baghdad !..
Berg and Nazly were my grandparents' neighbors for more than 40 years, so it was very hard for them to lose them both in one day , the neighbors (and friends in the same time ) who kept cooking and tacking care of them before they died were Muslims (Sunnis and Shiites) as well as Christians , what you hear about the fight among the castes is not true , the citizens don't do that (only the politicians as I believe), and I talked about that a lot , the same terrorists who kill a Sunni , kill a Shiite , Christian , Armenian etc , in a name of a caste , religion or so.
PLEASE the last thing I need is someone argue with me and tell me the war is for our own good , because I live in Iraq and I can tell you , we had a better life , (who see the death satisfy by fever ) .. at least we were able to make a consolation and bury the people we love ..
I can write about our life in the past and now forever, but it won't change some people's minds……
YOU can't know how do we suffer , because you don't live with us , our life in much harder than your imagination , you can't judge us until you live the way we do ..
I really appreciate my reader's compassion , I get a lot of E-mails and comments say " what can we do for you , how can we help?" and people offer to send money and stuff , I know your intentions are good , but I really don't need anything , my family can afford me everything I want , we are not poor , our financial condition is good , people think the Iraqis are poor (because of the media) but in Iraq there are VERY RICH people , rich , average , poor , and VERY POOR .. my family considered to be from the average level , You've seen my room and house in my post " Against the world media " ..
Many rich people here help the paupers & many families take a salary from the mosque, I hear about soooooooooooooo many benefaction's deeds , specially in Ramadan , and religious occasions.
If you like to help , there is one thing you can do , pray for us , pray for Iraq , as I always do..
May Iraq return peaceful and beautiful like the past , and all the Iraqis abroad come to Iraq again , may the violence end and the terrorists fade away..
My neighbor visited us few months ago , she went to Mecca and said that all the Muslims in Mecca prayed a special prayer for Iraq , men and women , from their hearts , she said it was emotional , and all the Iraqis' eyes were filled with tears , I wonder when God will hear our prayers ? I am sure everything is happing for a reason ..
Anyway my neighbor continues " then a woman from Iran said " god give people what they deserve "" and went away .. my neighbor didn't reply her .
I was astonished , in Mecca people go , wear the same clothes to feel that they are the same , request the same god , and praise god .. the people's heart there should be without rancor nor hate , I think that woman came to Mecca for touring, shopping or showing off.
My neighbor continued talking about her visit to Mecca, she said " in our way to Al Madena,a place near Mecca, a woman from Jordan said to me " who say I don't love Saddam he'll be hashed in the hashing machine " my neighbor replied " oh yea, you have the right to say that , he gave you oil for free, he didn't make you eat the fodder" after that answer , she shut her mouth and never spoke again!
It is really bizarre why some people don't like Iraqis!!