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..

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Curfew, Fishing, and BOMBS ..

On Friday we had a curfew ,it lasted till Sunday at 6 pm ! I don't know why the governor decided to make curfew suddenly!....
Immediately dad went to the near by shops and he came with two bags of bread only!! The citizens started shopping and they bought everything to be ready in case the curfew continued for more than 2 days! We can't buy so much food, because of the lack of electricity, sometimes we have to throw everything in the refrigerator when the electricity don't come for few days.
It seems like curfew is the easiest solution for the politicians, whenever something happen they announce a curfew, because they CAN'T control the situation.
But this curfew isn't a good solution for us, many people need to go to the hospital, many women have to give birth (it happened to my relative), many people are in their way to Iraq like my dad's uncle who spent 3 days waiting in the street! many weddings were canceled (including my relative's ), as well as many projects, like FISHING, picnics, parties, shopping etc.
Many times the curfew happen suddenly, and people spend the night in a stranger's house!! Because of the closed bridges ..
Once my dad's cousins were shopping in distant shops , and the governor announced curfew because many car bombs entered Mosul! They stayed in the street until 11 pm, then the policemen allowed them to go walking! They reached the house after midnight, they weren't worried at themselves as much as they were worried about the high school girls who were terrified, men can sleep in the street but those girls can't, they are young and the situation wasn't good.
my mom's friend have a few weeks old baby, she was at her parents' house when the curfew started, her baby became hungry and started to cry, the father couldn't withstand but didn't know what to do, he took a risk and brought the baby to her mom walking from really far away neighborhood at 10 pm in the night to feed her baby..
My relative send me SMS last Saturday, saying " I wish you were with me I am having a great time fishing and barbecue near the river, the weather is cool and I am spending the best time, come on , come" I thought he was joking because there's a curfew! it appeared he went with his friends walking!!!!..
I went fishing last Wednesday and I had the best time ever, it's a great feeling when you catch many fishes, "B" , "M" and I sat on the edge and then we walked in the water to a place has many fishes we had fun, when ever I catch a fish I throw it on "B" intently and he get mad, heheh, a boat passed us" B" came up quickly I thought he'll bring fish bait or something, then after a sec the surf covered me and another surf came after the first and this condition continued for few seconds!! I was wet And they were laughing at me..
we heard sooooooo many explosions but we were in a safe place, we were able to see the smoke in the other side, one of the explosions was near my house, grandma was alone, but she is ok, now we don't care about the material thing, the money come and go, but the soul doesn't ..
our picnic started at 7 am and we came back at 1 pm after I had a grate time, no one was stressed , we were all happy and laughing ..
dad couldn't come because he stood in a long queue to get oil, he just drove us to the casino, I thank god million time we were able to go, because dad didn't want to drive us and come back.. we'll go again inshallah….

Mariam, Yosif and Janeen

Yosif and Waseem

Mariam, Janeen, Waseem and Yosif.. My relative is fishing ..
later in that day I was working on the computer when a very fast car came in our street and they started to shoot the policemen, they were exactly in front of our house and mama was able to hear what they were saying, the battle lasted for about half hour, we opened the windows and doors incase they'll bomb themselves or their car.
Then in the afternoon my dad's uncle came with his daughter and son, they sat for awhile, he was searching for a nearby and good intermediary school for his twins, Dalal one of the twins got the highest mark in her school, she is really clever, she can easily make conversation with the adults and get along well, I like to talk to her a lot, when she was 9 years old she taught herself the English alphabet and many words and sentences in the summer holiday without anyone's help, she took a book I gave to her brother and started to study it, she borrowed 9 books from me this holiday..
Yesterday a car exploded and awaked me in the morning after I had a bad hot night, I WANT TO SLEEEEEEEEP, in a cold room in summer and warm in winter, without the sound of explosions, or the noise of the tanks', the helicopters', the shooting and all the noise, specially in the scholastic year because if I can't sleep I can't concentrate, when I can't sleep I have headache and sit on the bed and start to cry!!.
Enjoy your sleeping, your life, your picnics .


At 12:23 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Glad you got to go, finally, and that you had fun :)

Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. And the other updates as well, though I'm sorry to hear there's still so much violence in your area.

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a nightmare it all is! glad you had a little fun. take grear care.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger BirdMan said...


Anyway I'm happy for your fishing!

I'm not a Muslim, But



At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear Sister,

Please excuse me if I have offended you by calling you my dear Sister. Actually you are my dear sister and when you know me you shall be pleased that I have called you as such.

You are my sister in relation to our common and Eternal Father the Almighty Personality of Godhead. From studying books of transcendental knowledge, I have known that you and all other living entities, in whatever form they may be, are all my brothers and sisters.

So I want that you shall very vigorously try to encourage your fellow Muslims to engage themselves in chanting the Holy Names of Allah. Do not hesitate to use your very developed brain to increase this, that is Allah's special gift to you, now use it.

Any activity which will please Allah should be accepted favorably, this is your guiding principle. Now apply it in this way, by doing everything and anything for spreading the Holy Names of Allah, and this is really pleasing to Allah, know it for certain.

So I implore you to seriously study the 99 names of Allah as are included in the Quran, and encourage those around you to chant these names incessantly. In this way, you will be successful.

I hope this finds you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
Daniel "Bhakta Dano"

At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love fishing. I use to fish everday. Now that I am older and have to work :( I don't get to fish as often. My favorite type of fish is Trout. What kind of fish do you fish for. Sounds like you had some much needed fun.

At 4:10 AM, Blogger RG said...

Congratulations on catching all the fish! Loved the pictures, your brother and sister have the brightest smiles. Your entire family is filled with sunshine!

At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy that you enjoyed your picnic and fishing. Yosif appears to have grown quite a bit since I saw him last time. Mariam looks happy too. I don't know Janeen and Waseem. It is the first time I have seen them. They appear to be enjoying all the fun.

Keep shining for us.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Ahmad said...

Hi sunshine

I am an Iranian and thank you
so much for your sharing experience
although,I am sorry to hear so much
violence in your country.
please see my weblog"
and put comment for me.

take care

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Hello Daniel
how are you?
you didn't offended me by calling me "my dear sister" at all..
Thanks a lot for your comment
BTW. Daniel is one of my favorite names ..

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had fun fishing!

I hope, I never have to learn enjoying my sleep like you have to. I wish you all the silence, all the warmth and coolness you deserve. But nevertheless,

keep shining!


At 7:46 PM, Blogger Jules said...

I´m glad you could do some fishing, although the curfews are the worst, where I lived as a child, in Peru, we had curfews as well and you couldn´t even walk on the street after curfew, and we had masking tape on our windows to keep them from shattering and going all over the place in cases bombs went off, and you could hear bombs exploding in other neighborhoods at night. Have strenght, that it will get better for you!

At 3:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great family you have Sunny!I look forward to the day that's you have to write about, your family, friends, school, and fun. Stay strong and keep your Sun shining. : )

At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine
It was 28C last night when I went to bed. So I switched on the air conditioner and enjoyed my sleep. Oh! Sorry if this news makes you sad!

It is strange to see your photos of Iraqi kids smiling and people doing normal things like fishing. It is not the Iraq I see on tv. I want to see a pic of you. You can hide your face or turn away from the camera.

English tip: say "close the road. the bridge is closed" - not "lock" which means to close using a key.
bye, steen

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


Thank-you for your blog. I am glad that you had fun fishing. I am sorry about the curfew. Take care.

~Dawn from the state of Iowa in the US.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Hello Steen, thanks a lot for your comment..
I decided to create my blog for many reasons, one of them was to tell the world about our real life, because the media try to make us took in a really bad way, for a purpose of course, and i want to change that..
I wish i can publish a pic for myself, but i don't feel safe to do so.. when the situation will be good, and i'll feel secure, i'll publish pics for me and my family too..
thanks a lot for your advise, i'm going to change locked to closed..
Stay in touch
P.S this post has many pics..

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. I understand. Best to be safe, of course.
I have probably seen the pics before because I always read your blog, but I'll look at them again, later - I have to teach soon.
Thanks for writing, Sunshine. Nice to hear from you. I have trouble writing to you because you are in such a bad situation, so I feel selfish to write about my comfortable life. What shoud I do?

I am happy today (it's my birthday). No, I will not tell you how old I am! [Well, ok, I will. I am now an old man: 53 years old.] I want to say "enjoy your youth", but that is hard for you to do, isn't it? So sorry.
bye, steen

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Happy birthday, i wish you a long life full with happiness, and i hope you'll see all of your dreams come ture..
please don't feel selfish, i love to know how does the other people live.
Even if it is hard for me to enjoy my youth, but i'll do my best and live each day in the best way i can ..

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Marshmallow26 said...

Hello Sunny,

Way to go girl!! You finally made it to the lake..

I am glad that Grand ma was Ok though!
Your sister and brother are so cute and nice looking...I bet you look beautiful as well...

Stay safe and hope you can sleep tonight without having a fitful sleep...

At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine, You say you want a cool room to sleep in during the summer. Mosul is in the desert, right? So I think it is cool at night. Here in Japan the temperature can still be above 25C - even at 4am.
I forgot to ask. What are you going to do with those little fish? Eat them? Did you catch them?
Back to work....

At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to know you had your picnic .. finally!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger John said...

I am so glad you got to have time off to go fishing. I used to go fishing with my dad. One day we caught a snapping turtle -- they are very big and aggressive and we had to let him go or he could bite our fingers off.

I'm sorry things are still so bad in the city. I'll keep praying for you.

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sunshine,
I have followed your blog for close to 2 years.
You are an amazing young woman, and have been quite an inspiration to me.
I know your life is so hard, but keep faith that one day it will be better.
Even though we don;t know each other, you are in my thoughts often, and through your eyes I have come to see the side of Iraq that you know and love, and I thank you for that.
Keep shining...many of us see your light!

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ..... life.......and for secounds forgot bomb ................

At 1:00 AM, Blogger PolarBZ said...

I am recently returned from being deployed with the US Army to your country and still follow the news there closely. Thank you for your honesty and point of view. I hope that some day you and your family can live in peace - without the bombs, the bullets and the killing.
I was not in your area, but was in Ad-Dawr, south of Tikrit, in Baqubah and near Muqdadiah, east of Baqubah. You have a beautiful country and the people are wonderful - once we get to know them.

At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine,

I have left 1 or 2 comments, but not in some months. I am the American who has the nephew in the U.S. Army in Iraq. He's with the 82nd Airborne. Anyway, he was able to come home (to Texas) for a few weeks, but has recently returned to Iraq. He was in Ramadi, but I don't know where he may be now. I will have to ask my brother (his father).

As I may have told you, my oldest daughter is about your age (you are about 6 weeks older). She is going to a movie tonight with her friends. I made her clean up the kitchen before she could go. When she comes back from the movie, we may make tacos, which is a Mexican food but very popular with Texans.

Do you get to see movies? Do you have some favorites?

Best regards,
R.R. Hamilton

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

cute siblings
they are all ur siblings rite?
well they appear to me as "brilliant but shy"
or maybe dats coz I used to be extremely shy at dat age.
Anyways Hi
I knw u wud be wondering abt me
Well I'm ayesha
And I'm 17
and frm Pakistan
I'm really sorry abt ur country's situation but I hope dat It will be over soon
Gosh do my words sound as hollow to u as they do to me
I guess dats coz I haven't seen half as much as u ppl
But still I am glad u r holding on
There is a saying in our language dat goes like" umeed pey duniya kaim hey"
It means sumthng like the world is going round due to hope.
So don't give up hope, ever.

At 9:27 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Dear R.R. Hamilton
thanks for your comments ..
I'd never went to Cinema before, the situation is not good in iraq as you know, beside the terrorists exploded the Cinemas and theatres..
and before the war i was too young to go ..
my mom used to go to the Cinema, as well as my father ..
i do like watching movies, you can check my profile and see my favorite movies ..

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

hello ayesha , thanks for your comment ..
Mariam (the blond girl) and Yosif (the kid with black hair) are my siblings ..
but Janeen and Waseem are my relatives .


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