My grandparents who live in Baghdad arrived Mosul two days before Eid, after they spent 8 hours driving in unpaved road, their trip was very tiring, and they reached our house exhausted and dusty.
My grandma talked a lot about the situation in Baghdad and she told us many horrible stories made me kind of lose hope to have peaceful life!
The days before Eid were very violent, many explosions happened in Mosul, and many houses were damaged. I kept praying nothing bad will happen and we'll be able to celebrate Eid ..
On the first day of Eid, I woke up early and congratulated my family members, then we wore our new clothes, got ready to go out, & opened all the windows, before we go out an explosion happened with no damages, thank god. it was loud I thought it was in the neighborhood, but it was few neighborhoods away, we stayed in the corridor for awhile in case there is another car bomb or mine, but after half hour I insisted to go, it took us about an hour to reach our relatives house because of the closed roads.
We reached my dad uncle's house, all of his children, grandchildren, and even grandchildren's kids attended!!! then at 12:15 my other dad's uncle arrived with the family (they spent a lot of time stuck in the road because a mine exploded). Anyway there was a lot of noise and everyone was talking, the kids played in the garden, and the teenagers and adults were in the guest room, my dad's uncle is very nice man and always joke (I wrote about him once, he was threatened by terrorists and had to take his kids and hide in a safe place for awhile), he had very hilarious videos in his cell phone and he added fun to our meeting.
At about 1:30 pm the lunch was ready, my dad uncle's wife made delicious Iraqi dishes, there was Dolma, Biryani, Bamya, Kabab, chicken, pickles , and salad, my other dad's uncle invited us to have lunch in their house in the third day of Eid..
The lunch was awesome. Then after lunch the subjects we were talking about turned to be about the iraqi situation and horrifying stories, I couldn't sleep well at night and had many nightmares about people burning alive ..
In the next day of Eid, I woke up with bad mood (of course after the night I spent!) at 11:30 in the morning we visited Najma's house, and I spent really nice time, Najma's aunt was there as well as other relatives, I didn't see Najma and HNK for long time and I was really happy to see them again, I missed them a lot. After two hours we came back home.
In the third day of Eid we had another family meeting in my other dad uncle's house which is nearby, I spent a nice time there (they didn't speak about politics)
The lunch was also delicious, we ate the most yummy Uruk, chicken, rice and Bamya, Lahim Biageen, pickles& salad. my brother Yoyo..
This Eid no one knocked our door, everyone we know feel afraid from coming to our neighborhood, because it is very dangerous, and scary. We didn't visit many families, even the close relatives, Eid lost it's spirit, and never like before.
I went to school on Wednesday, the teachers who'll teach us this year seems to be nice except the Arabic teacher and the French teacher they look really rigorous.
yesterday I spent an hour and 20 minutes in my way home, the bridges were VERY crowded, and the roads were closed, as soon as I reached home my mom told me about our friend's brother who is 15 years old, he was in the house when a mortar fell and exploded causing huge damages in his body, and very bad injuries, the chops ruptured his lungs, liver , spleen , diaphragm, & chest, he is in the hospital, and had 3 surgeries, the doctors didn't come to check him in Eid!! Can you believe that? And today his doctor came and said "oh god, your son is very spoiled and demanding!!!!!!!
they opened his chest from 3 different places!!, he's in a bad condition and suffering, may god help him, please pray for this young man. Adding to this family's tragedy, they were forced to leave their house, because the terrorists will bomb the neighborhood..
I have really bad headache..