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, September 14, 2006

Good and Bad news ..

The day before yesterday at afternoon I felt so happy when I knew that my grandparents will visit us next week , as you know they live in Baghdad , and we didn’t see them for 8 months because the road to Baghdad is very dangerous and most of the time locked by US troops , and I can’t spend long time in the car in such hot weather because I have asthma , I talked to my grandma few days ago by internet as there is no phone services between us , and I told her about my mom , and how she misses them ,and that she became very frustrated and angry person , in the same day grandpa decided to risk and come to Mosul next week .
We made a good program to them , they will stay only 5 days in Mosul, in the first day they will rest, then in the next day we will visit the uncles and relatives , the next day in the morning we will go to Kurdistan ( YES , I am sooooo excited, we will go to Dhook which is about 30 minutes by car , and we will visit a near by summer resort ) , next morning we will have our breakfast in a Casino near the Tigris river , (I went there few days ago , and took pictures and video to show you ) , then in the next day we will celebrate my grandma’s birthday . please pray that they will arrive Mosul safely and have a comfortable and quick journey.
yesterday my mom and I began to prepare and clean the house , windows and everything , and I wanted to organize my room , it was in a horrible condition ( but now it is organized) , as my room very very hot I didn’t enter it or organize it since 4 months , I have only a fan , and the air-cooler doesn’t work !! ,anyway at 10:30 am while I was cleaning the floor and my mom was organizing the library, heavy shooting began , I told my mom to go downstairs , because there are big windows in our living room, but she replied “ no , just stay away from the windows “ suddenly many near by explosions were heard , without any word, I carried my brother and ran , my mom and sister ran too , we hide downstairs for an hour , the sound of the explosions and shootings were so high , my brother was very scared , he hold my mom so tight , my grandma’s face looked pale, and everyone was tired from the uncomfortable sit !!!! I remembered the old days when we used to hide under the stairs or stand near the corner for 5 and 6 hours , everyone was praying for the policemen, national guards, and the neighbors safety, and that the good guys win the fight against the bad, and that’s what happened , after an hour our policemen and national guards with the help of the US troops who came after an hour with many helicopters defeated the terrorists.
My family members didn’t injure ( thank god ) , but bullets entered the walls and hit a neon ( small losses ) , but a woman and boy were killed when a mortar fall on their house , & the dad was badly injured , in the same time another neighborhood witnessed a fight , 8 citizens were injured , and one man was killed .
We were happy in the day before , then we became upset and scared in the next day, we kept hearing shootings and explosions all the day , my brother couldn’t sleep at night , he was very frightened.
In the same day I was checking my E-mails , and I found an offline message from my grandma says “ yesterday your grandpa went to the market , and while he was shopping, the US soldiers started to walk in the street , they were many , your grandpa asked a soldier gently whether he can depart , and do you know what the soldier answered ? he said “shut up”. ! grandpa turned to another soldier and asked him the same question – son , can I go of please ?- and the soldier replied “ we are leaving, in a moment “.
“ I chatted with grandma I was so angry , that soldier’s attitude ,affected my respect to the military so badly, because the soldiers should represent their country’s ethics and leave a good impression , this bad soldier was so impolite and rude , I told my grandma ( relax grandma , the soldier’s parents didn’t behave him well , that’s in case he has parents , I am sure that he lives in a box under the bridge ,and he is blessed to sleep in a tank ! ) and I still mean what I said , my grandpa is very educated wise respectful man , and he is loved by everyone, , my grandpa is a civil engineer , studied in USA , he traveled round the world because he worked for the “Arab organization for the industrial development” , that soldier SHOULDN’T talk to grandpa like that.
Sunshine .


At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the soldier should not have spoken that way. Perhaps he was tense, and trying to look for more terrorists.

My DSL line is still down, so I am writing from our library again.

I am prayinig for you, and your family,



At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God you're safe and sound sunshine.

Shootouts are the norm here in Baghdad

At 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Dear One,
What a terrifying day for you. I am truly thankful you had a place to seek for safety. You were an excellent example for your siblings. Well done!
I too, am angry at the attitude of that soldier. He had no right to speak to your Grandfather the way he did. I hope when he kneels to say his own prayers tonight he humbles himself before God and asks for forgiveness as well as safety. Your grandfather deserves respect, as does all of your family. You are blessed examples of family and dignity.
Be safe Dear One....

At 6:38 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Hi Sunshine :)

relax grandma , the soldier’s parents didn’t behave him well , that’s in case he has parents , I am sure that he lives in a box under the bridge ,and he is blessed to sleep in a tank !

That's a very funny crack, and i bet it's even funnier in arabic! I'm going to try to remember it :)

I bet you lightened your Grandma's mood when you told her that. Don't worry about being angry at the way the soldier acted. You're right to be angry, I'd be angry too. Soldiers can have a bad attitutude sometimes, especially under stress, but he didn't need to put his bad attitude on display and take it out on somebody else.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Marshmallow26 said...

Hello Sunny,

That soldier was reflecting the way of the life he has, escpecially with bunch of uneductaed teenagers.

When he was looking at your grandpa he wouldn't think of a reverent man was talking to him, he looked at him as he looks to any other person in that place...

At least your Grandpa didn't get a curse, what would I say when one of those soldiers called my dad a S#n Of B## one time!!! I fought with him for 15 minutes and told him to watch his mouth and respect the others!Grrrrr

I don't want to remember what happened because that drives me nuts...

Have a nice day

At 7:11 PM, Blogger rose said...

The act of that soldier and others increases the hatred towords the presence of the US army in Iraq, and I don't blame the iraqis for that becasue I became one of those hating the American.

At 4:16 AM, Blogger grayday101 said...

Sunshine, it is good to hear that you and your family are safe after that experience.

That soldier was very rude. I am sorry; I will apologize for my inconsiderate countryman!

It is wonderful that you will see your grandparents and get away to Kurdistan for a bit. We will look forward to hearing all about it.

Travel safely, Sunshine.

At 12:28 AM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Hi Sunshine,
I love your site and reading your stories!!
I am so sorry that the soldier spoke to your grandfather in this way!! Please tell him from this American I am very sorry!!
In friendship,
PS My daughters name is Sunshine, we call her Sunny.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger olivebranch said...

Oh sunshine, I hope you will not have to experience such things much longer and that your Grandfather will get the respect he deserves.

This is another great story to post on the Olivebranch Network, can you post it when you have time?

Do you get to go to Dahook still ?

aka [olivebranch]
"The Olivebranch Network"

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Josephina/Josie/Jo said...

Hi Sunshine! it's very heartening to read your posts once that I am here. You r incredibly strong and beautiful. Just believe that and carry on in your work and faith in GOD. He he be with you and your family forever.
Love Josie

At 9:01 AM, Blogger jarvenpa said...

I am so sorry, my dear. Sorry that you are going through such frightening times, and most sorry than your respected grandfather was so rudely treated.
May we all live to see better times--and properly raised young people!

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Captain Jarred Fishman, USAFR said...

Hi Sunshine-
In any army of 550,000 men there will be some rude people. Especially when you are sent away from your own country, in the heat, in a war zone dodging terrorists. While it is not nice, in the whole big world it is not that big of a deal. Those men are putting their own lives at risk to protect your grandfather, and I hope he realizes that. Stay safe!

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine,

I am always overjoyed when I read your articles and you are happy. I want to apologise for the soldier's rude comment to your grandfather.

I hope that all of you understand that in this situation the soldier was tense and not sure who your grand father was. He may have been a homicide terrorist, as far as the soldier knew. There is no way for him to know that grandpa is a good man. He must watch out for his and his fellow soldiers lives.

Please forgive him for his error.

At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sunshine, I just wanted to send some love and peace your way and to everyone else in this world. I'll continue to pray for PEACE among us all and hope it comes very soon for you and your family. It breaks my heart to hear how scared you are when the fightings break out. How I wish so much that this madness and all the suffering of innocent people would just stop. It is not fair for this to be happening to someone who simpily just wants to get their education and be the best they can be. Sunshine just continue to reach your goals, have great times with your family, and live your life to the fullest. Peace,love, and happiness to all!

At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sunshine, I just wanted to send some love and peace your way and to everyone else in this world. I'll continue to pray for PEACE among us all and hope it comes very soon for you and your family. It breaks my heart to hear how scared you are when the fightings break out. How I wish so much that this madness and all the suffering of innocent people would just stop. It is not fair for this to be happening to someone who simpily just wants to get their education and be the best they can be. Sunshine just continue to reach your goals, have great times with your family, and live your life to the fullest. Peace,love, and happiness to all!

At 5:27 AM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

Hi Sunshine,

I tried to find your interview on the website address you gave without much success :~( I really hope you have more that I will be able to listen to or read.

It is definitely understandable that you would be upset by the way your grandpa was treated. However, I do agree with Wayne and Lieutenant Fishman. This summer I have been to two memorial services for three soldiers who were killed in the Baghdad area. One of my nephew's friends who was with him in Mosul during 2003-2004 is currently recovering from some very bad injuries he received when there vehicle rolled over a roadside bomb while patrolling the streets of Baghdad. As you are probably very well aware of, Baghdad is a very dangerous place for both the innocent civilians and American soldiers. The soldiers are in tune to this reality everytime they leave the wire. I am pretty sure that they would prefer a situation where they could let their guard down a little, and be more nice and polite.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Diana Joy said...

It is three a.m. and I can't sleep. When ever that happens I know God is either asking me to deal with something or a friend is hurting....Well in this case my friend is hurting. It is Today, I would like you to read a portion of her post and run right over to her blog and finish reading it. Life is sooo hard at times and I believe blogging is a way of helping people in time of need. My friend needs all of you!!! Please show her who bloggers really are and be there for her and her hubby right now!!!
Diana Joy

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine!
Please do not be upset at all because of your sweet Jiddu. I know it must have been so hard on him :(
I wish one day this soldier (and the ones who act like him) will be hit by a na3al by some Iraqi who happens to be under stress too. That would be very funny,wouldn't it? loll Wish I can see it thought.

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am soooo sorry that our US solders treated you that way!!! My daugther is a US Marine and I would flip out if she treated any person in such a horrible way. I'm at work right now...but, when I get home I am going to put this on my blog for people to pray!! Is that okay? Let me know;)
I'm praying for you sweetie!!!
Diana Joy

At 5:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your blog being mentioned on television, and visited here. It seems like you have a really hard life. I am praying for you, your family, and all the people there,

From London,


At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While everyone is criticizing one soldier for being rude, I would like to commend the other soldier who was respectful.

"...grandpa turned to another soldier and asked him the same question – son , can I go of please ?- and the soldier replied “ we are leaving, in a moment “.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger MarksMomma said...

First, I'm glad that you and your family are safe after the battle.

Second, I'm sorry that the rude Soldier offended your grandfather. Many Soldiers are nervous when they travel around in Iraq and. Also, it's likely that this Soldier is one of those that is being made to stay in Iraq longer than the rest of us and he's upset about it. Most of us are very polite and respectful and his actions do not represent us as a group.

Third, I'm bursting with pride that the Iraq national guard and policemen are able to beat the bad guys. Hopefully, they will soon be able to work without the US troops who were helping and you will be able to rely only on Iraqis for your safety.

Your Friend,

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi sunshin!
I'm a japanese teeneger girl.
I saw a TV show today, so the Tv show told me about your blog.
I read all trought, I just couldn't believe. but that's actually happen to you, right?
having be Tokyo people, i sometimes forget about true world.
What can I do? what should I do?
I keep thinking about that all day today, but I can't find the answer.may be there is no answer, but i wanna do someting...

I'll play for you guys all the time, please take care of yourselves.

thanks for writing and tell us those fact.

your friend


At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sunshine,

I came here because I happened to know your blog through NHK TV this morning.

When I read your post, I don’t know what I can tell you, what I can do for you and your family, and what I should do for you all. However, I think that what I must do is to understand what happens in this world.

I really thank you for telling me about your daily life and I would appreciate if you would keep this blog. I am praying that you all are safe.

From Japan,


At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray that harmony please visits Iraq.
It is the first that all are happy.

Then I am well

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Dear Japanese friends , thanks a lot for all of your comments ,I am so happy and thankful to have Japanese readers, please keep in touch , I love your comments .

Dear kuni , your comment brought pleasure to my heart , I didn’t see the interview until now ! but thanks to you for giving me an idea for what the reporter said about me , & thanks for your precious time .. I really appreciate your comment
Skype : livesstrong1992

At 1:17 AM, Blogger Melinda said...

Hi, Sunshine! I haven't visited in awhile, but am so glad to have found you again. :)

I'm so glad to read that this recent scare you had ended without anyone in your family being harmed.

I'm sorry your grandpa received a not-nice response from one of our soldiers. It's possible he is rude all the time (we all know people like that don't we?), but it is just as likely that under normal circumstances he's a perfectly nice person who wouldn't speak to another in that way.

His parents must have done something right in his upbringing to make him be the kind of man who would risk his life for people he doesn't even know--you & me included.

I hope the rest of your visit with your grandparents & family is uneventful and quiet. :)

At 8:31 AM, Blogger 埴渕修世/shusei hanibuchi said...

as-salāmu calaykum!!

I saw NHK TV show too.
Im japanese gay live in shanghai(china)

I used to live in UK with iraq lady.
She was my landlady.
she told me a lot about Iraq, america, people in iraq.
she cried sometimes when she was taliking about iraq.
I wished i could do something...

people in Arabic country, generaly very friendly.
I like it very much.

I traveled Eygipt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine.
they are very kind.iraqi live in there are kind as well.

It is very sad that some people misunderstood Arabic people.

i care iraq very much.
so please keep doing.
and Could you allow me to introduce this site on my Blog and link this Blog.

i really hope Peace upon you.
as-salāmu calaykum.


At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. The U.S. soldier who told your grandpa to "Shup Up" should not have treated him that way. I am embarrassed when our soldiers act this way. He was very disrespectful. Sounds like the second one was gentler with your grandpa. That makes me glad. :-)
I have been reading your blog for over a year now and I worry about you and your family when I hear about explosions and fighting occurring where you live. Reading your blog makes what is happening in Iraq feel very real to me now. I live in California, USA- very far away from you. I just want you to know that your blog and your spirit have made a difference in my life. Please continue writing, you do us all a great favor by letting us know you. :-) I wish you and your family happiness and safety.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Karin said...

HI sunshine,
I just found your blog through Diana Joy - and find it BEAUTIFUL!! I will be coming more often from now on!! :-)

Thanks GOD you're alright - that must have been terribly scarey!

I absolutely agree - this soldier had no right to talk in this disrespectful way with your granddad! He should have at least apologized afterwards ... he has no manners! You know, I always believe in getting returned one day what one hands out .. so this soldier will definitely have a problem ...
Please tell your graddad I apologize for the rude conduct of this soldier .. even though I am no American - but I am a human and your grandfather deserves respect!

Stay safe dear ... and have a nice trip!

At 4:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear sunshine, may God bless you and your family. Keep up the faith for not everything will remain the same. You will have great love keeping the happiness in your heart. I will be praying for you and yours! Love Diane

At 3:25 PM, Blogger In His Steps said...

I am thankful again that you are safe Sunshine.
Thank you as well for the lovely e-card for my birthday! I can't get over how loving and thoughtful you are. Bless you as you continue to spread your "Sunshine" to many around the world.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I apologize to your grandfather for the soldier who was so rude. My husband is a soldier there and his mother would slap him if he spoke that way to an elder. (He never would though. He is a very sweet man with four children.)
We can only hope that young soldier was corrected by his superiors and will behave from now on!
God bless you

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