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, April 20, 2007

My latest news...

Hello friends,
it was a crazy week , so many exams , with so much homework. Besides the situation was really bad in the last two weeks , and I was really confused , I couldn't concentrate well , I heard the terrorists killed a girl, and that made me worry ..
I did ok in my exams , although the questions were really hard and long ,with very limited time , we had 3 bio exams in the last two weeks!!!!!!!! I started to hate physics , I already hate the teacher , we had FIVE physics classes this week , I can't bear that anymore , she explained 11 arithmetic questions in 15 minutes , that's crazy , I couldn't understand anything , and she examined us in the next day (I took 20 out of 25, I never had less than 23), today the teacher said she will examine us next Monday in a new chapter as well as 3 chapters we took in the last 2 weeks!!! she didn't explain anything! I tried hard to control my tears but I couldn't , I become really MAD when I don't understand something ..
This weeks I wrote on the blackboard " be mercy with those on earth, to get Merciful by the one in the sky " hehehe , god will be merciful with them , after they will be merciful with us..
It was really tough week , my friend left Mosul , she is shiites and they were threatened by terrorists ..
We hear everyday in the news " 50 terrorists were caught",or "20 terrorists were caught ", sometimes large numbers like 150 , it makes me wonder , how many terrorists are there in Iraq? ….
I think the last day I will go to school will be on 5/5 or 5/7 .. although I will have to attend the last year exams for Arabic , chemistry ,and maybe French , I am not sure , in Iraq , if we get the final par of each subject higher than 90% we don't have to attend the final exam , I hate the final exams , we should study what we have been studying for the whole year…
I know I am not writing often , and I promised to write a post about my faith , I will do that as soon as possible..
I had an interview with" Flip magazine" , with the great writer Melissa walker , it was a great pleasure to me, as well as I will have other two interviews with a radio and TV, I'll tell you about the time and in which channel ..
we were invited to Nishan party on Saturday, my dad's cousin got engaged ,but we won't be able to go because of the curfew I wrote a post few months ago about the weddings in Iraq ..
Nishan is a party when the groom bring golden jewelries to his fiancée as a present, and of course the bride wear many dresses .
Keep your prayers,
Sunshine ..


At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry Sunshine- there are not an eternity of terrorists. Every one we take off the streets means more innocent people are saved. Keep the faith- keep studying. Keep living your lives in Mosul and all around and better days will be here. Post more on how the city has changed in the last four years. Mosul has not been in the news anymore in America unlike a year ago. I think that is a good sign

At 1:22 AM, Blogger Alysha said...

Can i add you to my link list? i read your blog and was very moved. Good luck! and come and vist me(please)

At 3:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've read your blog I must say how amazing it is. You are a very special person with a great gift, your writing. Writing is my escape too.
Your blog and the flip book about your life really touch me and made me thought about life it self (something I do very often since I love philosophy). Just the fact that you want to make a difference shows how strong you are. You have to keep your faith and your hope, brighter day will come and during these difficult times, you will learn about life and that is an experience that will make you be able to handle anything. Be strong and fearless, you have many girls around the world who admire you!!!

At 5:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Dear One,

I was a student who never really enjoyed physics either. Then one day I had a teacher who loved teaching and it showed. Physics very quickly became one of my favourite subjects. Some teachers have a gift and when they teach, it's like magic. Others tend to teach exactly what they have to and not a concept more. It sounds as though your teacher isn't as comfortable as she sould be with the course. Try to hang in there.

I can understand your worry about the number of terrorists. I can assure you that there are more wonderful people like you in your country than there are terrorists. There are wonderful people like you who have stories to share and lives to lead. Soon, I would pray the focus of your life will be joyful.

Dear One, you continue to shine as such an example for so many people. I am thrilled that you were able to be interviewed and to share your story. I can only imagine how impressed your audience was with you.

Don't apologize for your lack of posts, Dear One. I, for one, am more excited to hear that you are living your life and doing the things you like to do and sharing your story with others. Write when you can, and know that across the many miles are people who love and care for you. You are an inspiration.
Much love

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sunshine,

I made my first comment to your blog on April 5th, and here is another:

You sound JUST like my own daughter. I think you are the same age (she turned 15 last month). So it seems that all girls are alike :) And I am teaching her that all human beings are basically alike.

Please say a prayer for my nephew in Ramadi. He has the most dangerous job in the Army (a machinegunner) in the most dangerous place in Iraq. His name is William.

I plan to tell my daughters about your blog. Maybe they will begin to comment, too.

God bless you and your family. You are all in my thoughts, and soon, in the rest of my family's thoughts as well.

Btw, I had to interject politics, but I saw your comments in the "Mother Jones" interview back in September, 2006. There I remember you are concerned that Americans will think of Iraqis as [just a moment while I get the exact words] "uneducated and poor people". I will tell you that the only Americans that I hear who talk like that are the ones who call for us to withdraw because they say that "Iraqis are not civilized enough for freedom and democracy."

I don't believe that, and I don't think my nephew does either.

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

r.r.hamilton, my salutes to your nephew,and I agree with your statement about human beings. Sunshine, you continue to amaze me with your perseverance in school. Your physics teacher sounds tough, but I can't imagine her life is too easy either. Maybe if the students got together and did something nice for her, her heart would soften a bit. A root cause of terrorism is ingnorance and fear, and there are terrorists in every society. The society as a whole has to be stronger, and more unified, than the minority of terrorists. Just keep learning, keep dreaming, and keep your Sun shining. :)

At 6:37 PM, Blogger alex said...

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At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all , thanks a lot for the comments and encouragement..
dear Izzy , Yes of course you can make a link for me , thanks a lot.
dear r.r. hamilton : Ramady is really dangerous place, i hope your nephew will be ok ..
dear solo , if my teacher had a heart , we would gather and do something nice to her , heheh..
Dear felice , for what it is worth, and anonymous , I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words , i love to hear from you always ..

At 9:23 PM, Blogger jhondie said...

Sorry to hear about your brutal Exams. HOpefully you are satisfied with your marks. As for the terrorists, there is most definately an end number for those low life scum. Last Week we had the biggest fire fight in Baghdad and this week we go back to the exact same spot and we only had one person fire a weapon. They will be stopped Sunshine. Stay safe. The world needs people like you.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read your blog... it must be really hard to live a life without worrying over there. My fiance is in the Marines here in the U.S and is going over there...I was scared, but then I realized that there are innocent people like you living over there and you can't leave because thats your home. I' ll be sure to remember everyone there in my prayers. Its hard for some people to think that there are few people there that are actually bad. All we can do is leave it in Gods hands, he'll take care of everything.----AmandaR.(Arkansas;US)

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Brian H said...

All those irrelevant pharmaceutical terms in his answer -- Alex is trying to mess with your head!

But it brings up a very powerful study technique, that will work just fine with physics: learn every term that you don't understand BEFORE you actually study the text. Learn them thoroughly, and you will breeze through the material. Your irritation and disinterest are signs of miscomprehending terms related to the subject matter.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger alex said...

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At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i recieved an e-mail from talking about a flipbook of a 15 year old Iraq girl and thought it would be interesting. boy oh boy was it! i became more intersted by reading and skimming through a few of your blogs you left on here. it is amazing that you take different languages in school. we are only allowed to take one (not like i want to because i have a hard time learning spanish). i think its terrible that the media only shows un-educated teens and children in Iraq, because it seems like they would be more educated than americans, or atleast the kids that go to my school (im a 9th grader in high school, 15 years old). for example, my sister who is 16 (a 10th grader) is taking physics this year which is average. most students are not interested as school and joke around school is 'prison' but most of them are failing classes. its a shame that they do that because after reading your blogs i realized how lucky i am to be able to have a life i live. im glad that i am able to go to school and learn and feel safe and come home and still have that same feeling. i hope that you can feel the same way soon. stop by at my myspace: to post a comment if u have one. or my blog section : i would give out my link too but i dont know the link and i dont trust the internet with putting my name right out there for you to use but then for other poeple to use it wrong.

At 6:52 AM, Blogger olia said...

Hello, Sunshine...
I live currently in the USA(i'm an exchage student from Ukraine here), and trust me you aren't the only one who hates the war in Iraq, I have a friend, she's from Afganistan, and she has the same problems in her life as you do.
But I hope, as well as many others that life in Iraq will get better and that you'll be able to live the life that you had before the war and not be afraid of something.
I'm amazed by your stories and the culture of your country, i'm happy that you don't lose your optimism:)
Btw, my name is Olia, and I think that I'll make a blog too, lol
You inspired me.

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there Sunshine. It must feel awful to go through all of that bombing and everything, but look on the bright side of life. This war won't go on forever, and for every terrorist that is dragged off to jail is another innocent person saved. Keep smiling and may everyday be filled with peace and prosperity.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

found you through - you are featured on their latest email burst! hope you're not feeling too manipulated by all these folks trying to get your name on their "product," but nonetheless you surely are making a difference in people's lives.

i love the comment you made about how the media only shows poor folks and crazies, and never actually documents the real lives of real people. it's as if from the very beginning, they had given up on the potential for a civilized Iraq. probably more like they didn't care, as long as it got them some more viewers on the evening news! (i.e. more $$$).

you are lucid and honest - exactly what blogging is all about, right? glad you are trying to keep you head up. don't forget that venting, letting it all out, can be the best healing of all - so if you're mad or upset at what's going on, we definitely want to hear about it, and why. it's clear you'll still give us the sunshine part of you personality, too. :)

At 4:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sunshine,
Hello. I admire your perseverance living in such a harsh world. I have enjoyed reading many of your blogs. I am currently working on an essay about the differences between the way American and Iraqi teen live their everyday lives. I was wondering if you would be able to give me some additional information on your day to day life. If so PLEASE email me at: I would really appreciate it.
Christina W.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Fallingstar48 said...

Sunshine, like most of the other readers said, I was truly touched by your blog. It's very nice to get a view point from you. What you are doing has a larger affect than you know. You are a very strong person. Keeping hoping and have faith.

My blessings and prayers,

At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunshine you are such a inspiration to me! I hope your physics class goes better in the future.i have a teacher like yours too.
just wanted to let you know you are AWESOME

My prayers are with you <3 Lindsey

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you report very bad things. i hope it will get better for you soon.

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I am a 16 year old from America. I have read your blogs and was amazed on how poorly media portrays Iraq. Its strange to hear what they say and then hear it from someone living in the middle of the whole thing.

Its awesome that you share all this with us.

What else is cool is I have finally found someone with the same Birthday as me. You are exactly one year younger. Which to me is awesome. Keep it up girl. :)

At 7:37 PM, Blogger sara said...

wow sounds like a tough week
hope it gets better

x sara o

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Ian Paul said...

Hello, I'm an artist in America and am working on a project concerning the Iraqi experience during occupation. I'm primarily interested in Iraqi bloggers, mainly because of how incredible it is to be able to hear voices that deal with occupation on a daily basis, and to be able to hear it unfiltered and unedited. Your blog( seemed really fantastic for the project. The current project I'm working on involves portraiture and selections from various Iraqi blogs, which will be projected in public spaces and documented. The idea is to get new voices heard in public spaces to get people thinking about these issues in new ways. I came across your blog and was interested in knowing if you would like to be a part of the project. All it would involve would be you taking a self portrait, and for you to select several quotes from your blog, which you would like to include in the project. You could choose to stay anonymous or have your name included in the project. If you do get back to me, I'll be able to mail you some photographic prints and send you digital copies of the full project. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the project, please let me know. I'd love to talk about your experiences in Iraq as well as my experiences with the war here in America. I hope to hear back soon, take care and be well.
-Ian Paul

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Ian Paul said...

oops! I accidentally copied in "(" in my post above instead of your blog, sorry for the confusion!

At 1:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great blog. i saw your flipbook and it was really great to read what life is like for a teenager, like me. i admire that keep your hope through all the difficult things.
good luck with your studying!

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Manu said...

To Whom It May Concern:

Hi, this is Manu Moritz, a high school student from eastern Massachusetts. I’ve recently become interested in contacting high school students in Iraq and was wondering if you could help me find students or a high school in the country that may be interested in corresponding with me. Any help would be much appreciated.

I know this is an odd posting for a blog like this, but you exactly the same age as me and my twin sister (dob 2/2/92!), so I was hoping we could learn about your school, your family, your daily life and maybe our school and yours could be in touch. My email address is We would love to hear from you.


At 1:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have become very popular amoung American teenagers. You would be a great role model for anybody. Keep it up.


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