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, August 17, 2007

Instead of fishing ..

In summer holiday , we used to go to picnics at least once a week, with our relatives, and with my parents' uncles who come from Baghdad every summer holiday to spend few weeks, it was really fun, my grandpa's friend own a huge farm and he told grandpa to feel free and come whenever we want, they even built a shelter from husks and wood for us. I have great memories about those days, but my sister and brother don't .. Feeling bored, I asked mama whether we can go to the north, or nice place, of course we can't go to the north , because we are not Kurds and we don't have Kurds relatives that can come with us to the north (it is ridicules, Kurdistan is a part from IRAQ, the Kurds can come to Mosul and every city they want, but we can't visit the Iraqi cities in the north, It infuriates me , because there is not anything called "Kurdistan al Iraq", it is called "Iraq" only) mama said she'll try to convince my father to have a breakfast near the river.
We went to my relatives and told them about our idea, they agreed and I was extremely happy, I want to go fishing with "M" and "B" my best relatives and friends..
Few days ago , I was preparing my bag and writing on a paper the things I'll take with me in the next day..
At about 6 pm I changed my clothes and was ready to visit my relatives to discuss what we take for the breakfast and to which casino we will go etc, I was putting my jewelries on when dad come running and saying "OPEN ALL THE WINDOWS AND DOORS THERE IS A CAR BOMB IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR THE HOUSE) I was shocked and didn't think about anything I opened my room's windows and called our neighbor S to tell them about the car, so that they open the windows and doors and hide in a safe place , there dad replied
- hello?
- hello uncle , if you don't mind , please, if it is ok
(then I thought what am I saying?!!) There is a car in our neighborhood and will explode in a sec, thought I would tell you to ..
- he interrupted me saying , oh yea I knew about that, thanks , and stay safe..
I went downstairs with my family members and we stayed in a safe room, I forgot all the prayers, I was trying to remember simple says in Quran but I forgot every word, and started to think about 100 things in the same time, I felt scared from the stressed situation, there were policemen in our neighborhood and in front of our house, suddenly I started to laugh, I said " people change their clothes and wait for guests, or relatives, but I am waiting for the car to explode"
Then after a sec I continued " it is like the injection, we feel afraid from it but we just want to take it and end from the fear and stress"…
After an hour of waiting, and I think it was the longest hour in my life, we heard VERY HEAVY shooting, dad and grandpa asked us to go to the corridor and wait, after 30 minutes I felt tired, I took of my shoes, and kept walking in the corridor, I was standing near the stairs and the kitchen's door, BOOOOOOOOOOOOM the ground started to shake under our feet and the other door of the kitchen was opened from the bluster with so much dust, Mariam was screaming , and mama was saying " it is over now, it is over now" I said "thank god" but I didn't finish my sentence when I heard grandma shouting my dad's name " I couldn't run, I did nothing but freezing I just wanted to sit down , because my feet couldn't carry me, grandma yelled " Don't ever scare me , I though you were gone , why did you go out side??"
I felt relief to see him , but I was mad .. can anyone go outside to see what' happening when there is a car bomb two houses away??!!! Whenever there is a battle grandpa and dad act like 13 years old kid, it is not important to see who is shooting whom, it is important to remain safe.
Dad went outside to see the car!!!! Can you believe him? It was definitely not a wise decision.
I took off my clothes and wore other clothes to start cleaning and fixing what the vandals done ..
The car wasn't close to the police station this time, it was about 8 houses away from ours, among the citizens' houses..
Thank god the policemen noticed the car and knew it was car bomb, and told the neighbors .
My relative was shopping when he saw the car and a man told him it will explode , so he started to shout at the neighbors and tell them the car will explode and told them to open the windows and take care. My neighbor J's house was the nearest to that damn car (3 meters away), his house was badly damaged !!! they lost 95% of their possessions, their car , furniture , electrical instruments, their freezer and refrigerator were destroyed, even their clothes inside the closet were wrapped, it is a disaster, he lost everything in a sec, and his daughter was injured, his old mom who was really sick was really afraid when the explosion happened and since then she lost her consciousness , they talk to her but she doesn't reply..
This great educated professor who brought up 3 successful kids lost his house because of a freak crazy idiot terrorist. And in the next day he had a heart attack, of course after his loss and fear about his family. Poor man, his other daughter got married few weeks ago, she's in her honeymoon and don't deserve what happened to her family and house.
All the neighbor left their houses with their windows and doors broken and visited him, trying to make him feel better ..
Instead of fishing and having fun , I am cleaning and dusting ..
When the explosion happened the bluster entered our house with smoke and so much dust, I kept sneezing and coughing all the time, I am asthmatic and I have an allergy you know!!..
But I thank god, because we are all safe, and no one was hurt, and I thank god because the policemen knew it was car bomb and told us, the loses were sooooooooooo much less than the ex explosion, because we opened all the windows and doors, but it is still scary and the sound is horrifying, I thank god the car didn't have so much explosives like the explosion few months ago, because if it was a tank full of explosives and fuel I don't think anyone can survive from it, I heard two kids died because of the explosion..
Sunshine..
P.S WE WILL GO TO THE PICNIC, and celebrate our safety, (shush don't tell the terrorists!)

39 Comments:

At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your picnic, I won't tell anyone. :) I'm just happy that you and your family survived this horrible situation. I just don't understand how some people can do this to innocent people.

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Aunt Najma said...

Seems like someone told someone..

There's a curfew, it started 8 minutes before you published the post, lasts till Sunday, 6AM.
Really sorry!

Glad you're okay.
How's your reading going?

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Hello eni najma, Nawarty al blog.
Yes i knew about the curfew, as you know grandma watch news all the time!..
I am reading a book called " the horse and it's boy" I'll finish it soon.. what about you?
thanks for commenting..
Sunshine..

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger AO said...

The Great Three

Sakyamuni perceived Rules from Brahman,
And then advocated Order!

Jesus perceived Words from God,
And then preached Love!

Muhammad perceived Doctrines from Allar,
And then exhorted Equality!

AO

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger AO said...

Key Words among Economy and Ecology


The Equality of Opportunity among Nation, People and Life

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous steen said...

Sunshine. Why don't you put tape on the windows? It is a very simple remedy to stop glass from breaking during explosions.
English problem. Exploded car is the car after the explosion. You should say a car about to explode or car bomb.
I teach English, you can guess!
bye

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

thank you Steen for telling me, i change the exploded car to a car bomb..
I appreciate your help so much, my English might be good but not perfect as you know ..
Sunshine..

 
At 4:28 AM, Blogger AO said...

P.S.

Brahman is the highest principle of the Universe


AO

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger AO said...

Hurricane Dean may blow Kamikaze?

AO

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous steen said...

Your English is great. I wish you were one of my students! Even my (three) children (boy aged 20, girl 18, boy 14) can't write English like you can (I am sad about that!).
I love reading your blog. I wish you could be happy. It is a pity that a diamond like you is living in such a bad place.
Did you put tape on the windows!?
steenwallis@jcom.home.ne.jp

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger AO said...

Is it the Inquisition?

Dean is a Inquisitor?

God knows!

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger AO said...

I presented Bob Marley's Survival onto AH Baghdad.

Please check!

http://artharbour-baghdad.blogspot.com/2007/08/survival-by-bob-marley.html

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

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At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Solo said...

Hi Sunny! I'm sorry to hear what happened. Tell your dad never to go out to see what happened, because the terrorists sometimes have a second attack when people go to see, or help. I hope you can have your picnic soon. It would be good for your family. I missed a good one on Saturday because I got sick. Your english is very good. You're much better than some owners of companies I've known( LOL, that's why they have secretaries, or what's called administrative assistants these days ). Maybe one of these days we'll teach you a little southern style english so you can greet your family and friends with a big ol' HOWDY Y'ALL! Keep yer Sun shinin' ! ; )

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Marshmallow26 said...

Sunny, how is it going girl?

I am glad that you are doing OK, you know that the police are doing their best now days, yesterday we were going to the doctor and the police stopped us because there was a road side bomb ready to be detonated...they found it before the disaster takes place and got rid of it after 30 minutes...

I got your email dear and I know that you owe me a reply :)

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger sheoflittlebrain said...

I'm so glad you and your family are alright! So many prayers and best wishes are directed your way.... The tape on the windows sounds like a good idea.
Hang in there, Sunshine.....

 
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At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Wayne said...

Eni Sunshine,

Alif Shukur for all your posts. You give us so much information that we would not hear, if not for you.

I believe the Kurds keep all other people out to protect their citizens from the suicidal terrorists. They don't always know who is a terrorist so they keep everyone that they don't know out.

Sorry your picnic was disrupted. I hope you can enjoy one soon.

I hope the police caught the person who parked the bomb car and punishes them for it.

Grandpa and Dad going outside seems to be normal for men. Most of us are "nosy" and want to see what is happening.

tasbaheen ala kheer

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger John said...

We're so glad you're okay!

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger RG said...

I went downstairs with my family members and we stayed in a safe room, I forgot all the prayers, I was trying to remember simple says in Quran but I forgot every word, and started to think about 100 things in the same time... Sunshine

Sunshine,
When you are in such a dangerous situation, talk to God in any way that you need to. Don't worry about trying to remember verses. Just talk to God the way you need to in these situations.

I think the comments you made below were a prayer...

"But I thank god, because we are all safe, and no one was hurt, and I thank god because the policemen knew it was car bomb and told us, the loses were sooooooooooo much less than the ex explosion, because we opened all the windows and doors, but it is still scary and the sound is horrifying, I thank god the car didn't have so much explosives like the explosion few months ago, because if it was a tank full of explosives and fuel I don't think anyone can survive from it, I heard two kids died because of the explosion.."

That means that whatever you were praying in the safe room, God DID hear you.

:-)

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Ripama said...

Sunshine,

What kind of fish do you fish for? Do you know any good fishing spots?

Don't worry I won't tell the terrorists.

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger dancewater said...

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At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine, are you a sunni or shia? Or some other religion? I loved summer picnics especially when I was youe age. I was fortunate enough to be born in America, ina subururban area wit a low crime rate. Getting back and forth to school on the school bus was only aboiut a 10 minute ride. The worst problem was if some bully made fun of some other kid. You are very brave!!!

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

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At 9:48 PM, Blogger Ripama said...

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At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Wayne said...

If We can write Arabic better than Sunshine writes English then we can complain. If not, then we should not insult her for a minor mistake.

Of course "It infuriates me" would please you complainers more.

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger AO said...

I belieave that Dean brought Much Rain onto Dry Corn Fields of Mexico!

AO at AH Shimokitazawa(JP)

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger AO said...

Sunshine,

I pray that your fishing comes true soon!

AO

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger AO said...

Sunshine, we Japanese experienced the more severe WAR. We experiened A-bomb. Millions of people died about 60 years ago.

But now we has recovered from the War.

We should hate "WAR".

We must extinguish "Violence", "WAR", "Terrorism and so on.

But I know that it is difficult.

I believe that you Iraqi can do it and recover from the dameges!!!

AO(JP)

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

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At 12:02 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Sunshine,

I am a stranger to you, I found your blog on http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/6940384.stm
I sat down for a few minutes and read many of your posts. First of all your english is very good, I've taken some Arabic at my university and know how different the two are, you write very well! Second, thank you for writing about your experiences. Even though I live thousands of miles from your country I feel like the Iraqi people are my brothers and sisters. Reading your blog has helped me understand a little bit more your lives at this difficult time. I will pass it on to my wife, family and friends. May God bless you and your loved ones!

 
At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Wayne said...

Hey PC. Thanks for your support of our Sunshine.

She heard the comment on TV and checked it out in the dictionary. It of course said it means "It angers me deeply". She had no idea that it was slang.

I am amazed at the brilliance of this young lady and any comment causing her discomfort angers me deeply.

Hey, Sunshine don't let it cause any worry for you. We all love you and are proud to call you our friend.

I am happy to hear that you finally got to go fishing. Did you catch anything? I hope you caught enough for a good meal.

Stay safe, keep smiling and above all keep shining.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger AO said...

On Aug 23, an influential Senator of USA required President Bush to begin to withdraw US Army from Iraq by this Christmas.

AO(JP)

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous alice said...

Hi sunshine..
I am rather sad because you neglected me.you did not answer my question.
I know you forgot me.OK, I asked if you did publish any article in a newspaper or magazine,or you didn't yet..
I have some relatives work in editing of a magazine.I love you to publish, your English is so amazing for a girl lives in an Arabian society.
Did you live in America than before?
I'll take your advice and I will live strong.Just like you
Alice

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger alex said...

Best wishes,
maybe you'd like to know that elsewhere in the world things are peaceful. Hope is everywhere, of course and love is everywhere. We are all connected in spirit, and by the internet.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

hello Alice ..
how are you?
please don't be sad i didn't meant to neglect you at all, sometimes i lose the internet connection and electricity while i am writing a reply and forget to re-write it ..
Yes, my posts were published in magazines, websites, and newspapers .. lately my posts were mentioned in the BBC
in which magazine your relatives work in? i'll see if i can write there, but first i'd like to know the magazine's name and website (if they have one)
No, i'd never been to US, i was born in Iraq and i'd never traveled outside my country ..
i'd like to visit America one day as well as many countries(but i don't prefer to settle down in any country but Iraq)..
Live strong
Sunshine

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Indigo said...

I doubt that taping the windows would prevent them breaking - the blasts are too great. However, it might be helpful to know that in London - during the IRA terrorist threat (they used car bombs) - the windows of some government buildings had "bomb curtains" hung on the inside. The curtains were made of loosely woven, light fabric like cheesecloth and "too long" - ie the bottom of the curtains would lie in folds on the floor below the window. The idea being that if a blast blew in the window there would be enough curtain to blow into the room and yet catch all the broken glass.

Hope this helps.

 
At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all i couln't find ur name so Dear gir,i looked into ur post, b/c i haded to do a research on my schol. But what i've seen is that u ur familiy is going through hard times. Am sry 4rm what ur been through. Just keep on moving 4ward, there r bad & good things in our lifes. So don't let no 1 get u down.

 

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