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, October 09, 2008

Compendious diary...

My grandparents came to Mosul two days before Eid started, it was so great to see them again, I missed them a lot..
In the last day of Ramadan we celebrated my grandma's birthday , I made turkey and salad and we bought a cake, we had fun.
The first day of Eid was on Tuesday, we had a big family meeting in our eldest uncle's house, we didn't see many of them since last Eid (about a year ago), since the war started we couldn’t see each other except in occasions, we took a lot of pics , had lunch together, then other relatives came (my grandpa's cousins with their families) and we also had a lovely time .. .
In the second day of Eid we didn't know where to go, since the war started our relatives and friends left Iraq one after another, so we went to a shop, ate ice cream and then came home. In the third day of Eid we had lunch in another uncle's house, the food was delicious .
on Saturday we decided to go to Dhook, one of the Iraqi cities in the northern part of Iraq, it is safe, nice, and the nature is great there, we went with two other relative families, when we reached the gate, the soldiers said "you are not allowed to enter Dhook ! unless you bring a Kurdish guy as a warrantor " in the check point we saw another relative, he was also waiting for his Kurdish friend to come and let him in, while dad and his cousin were chatting near the car and waiting the Kurdish man, a soldier pushed my dad towards the car and shouted at him "go back now", thank god my dad didn't give him a blow on his face, dad came back with angry flushed face .mom said "lets go to the casino and have lunch in Mosul". Although my dad's cousin brought two Kurdish men (and one of them was an officer) they weren't allowed to enter !!!
it is ridiculous and humiliating, we can't even visit the other Iraqi cities can you believe that??!!! is this freedom?! and why Kurds are wandering in Mosul freely?!!!. we are all Iraqis as far as I know!!.

we invited our relatives (my dad's uncle with his family) to have lunch in our house few days ago, our uncle came with his family at time, but his married daughter came late, when she reached our home she was pale and her voice was shaky, her husband ( he is a doctor)drove his car hastily without getting in to say hi, as soon as she reached our house she gave her baby sons to her sister and brother, I felt like she couldn't stand! she said "my husband just got a phone call , his uncles and cousins were shot by an armed men, while they were in a relative funeral, and he'll go to the hospital now with my brothers in law". it was a shocking news for all, oh, god Her husband's family were in the hospital and she didn't know if they were alive or not, she was also worried that those terrorists would go to the hospital and shoot them again.
Later, her husband called and said 4 of his relatives died, and that his cousin is dying "a matter of few hours, there's no chance for him to survive " he said .. he added that 6 bullets hit his grandpa and his other 5 relatives were also injured..
It is horrible, and devastating, 5 relatives died, and 6 relatives were staying in the emergency room..
The situation is not getting better at all, everyday is worse than the day before, specially in Mosul .
Now in Mosul the threaten was directed to the Christians, either they immigrate or get killed, I feel so worried about my friends, neighbors and everyone I know, the terrorists kill the innocent Iraqis and the government is watching.
Oh my god, everyday I hate the war more and more, it is the most horrible thing that happened to us, I don't know if we'll ever live in peace. The whole condition tense me, because it makes everything hard, even going to school or studying, we can't have a normal day without blood, or bad news..
School started last Monday, it is the most important year in my life, and I need to feel safe and comfortable to be able to concentrate since I am emotional. .I'll work hard, try to concentrate in spite of everything, keep calm and live each day without thinking about the next or past day.. as the situation is getting worse by time, our teachers are giving us extra homework and lessons so that we finish the curriculum quickly, they always tell us "a curfew may start in every minute and last for weeks".. our teachers in school for this year are not good, I must depend on myself 100%. ..
We need your prayers,


At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you.

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. it sounds like your life is really hard.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

god bless you all.

At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to hear from you again, but tragic to hear about your losses. I wrote before that I am amazed at your spirit.

I'm not very religious but will start praying for peace and security for you and your family and the people of Mosul. Stay strong.

At 2:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I started reading your blog I was so happy that you had such a good time with your family. The food looked so good it made me hungry. The last part was very hard to read because of all the bad news. I really don't know how the Iraqi people can live like this. It is so sad. Here in America we are getting ready for the president election and I hear from John McCain that the surge worked. I don't think so. I can only hope and prey that everything gets better SOON. Good luck in school and I know you will do your best.

At 5:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine, I am very sad to hear that you had such a sad EID. Conditions can only possibly get better and not worse. I check your post almost everyday and wish you the best. You only disappoint me when you question the Kurd's motives and block reader's comments which speak of Kurds. If you do not like receive any comments explaining their point of view then please don't post about them. We will never get along in peace if we do not try to understand each other.
Best Wishes, A NON-KURD

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Najma said...

Hello Sunshine,

It's tragic about the funeral massacre. I heard about it in college. I just don't know what to say!

I'm also very worried about my Christian friends. Some of the most lovely people I know are Christian. Whomever is doing this wants to make it look like it's being done in the name of Islam (whereas it's totally against the Islamic teachings, which is very important to stress) and worsen the state of chaos and danger in the city.


Good luck with your study. Take it easy, you have what it takes.

I am hoping your bro didn't forget to remind you about the photos! I see you've had the time to copy them to the computer and can't help but wonder if you've forgotten something :D

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Michomeme said...

Hello sunshine

I was happy when I start to read your post, as you celebrated the birthday of your grandmother, and I felt how happy we were during Eid and the family gathering.
I even told my self that the situation in Mosul is realy getting better and the city is back to normal life.
but when I finished, I had flash back on your previous post when you wrote only about bombings and violence that taking place in Mosul.

I'm asking god to protect all Iraqis and save them.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger Dancewater said...

May Allah keep you safe.

War is always a hideous thing, and should always be avoided if at all possible. Starting up a war where none existed is the most evil thing anyone can do...... and the US did it. I am very sorry - I tried my best to stop it.

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunny,once again the food looks amazing!!!! I was very sad to hear about your mistreatment and difficulites in trying to visit family and the horror that happened to your other relatives. My prayers go out to them. I just finished reading about what the militants are doing to Christians in Mosul. Many have been killed and many families have had to flee. It's a shameful thing. If we all keep our Sun shining, this ideology of hate will one day be defeated. Solo

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Post. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Don Cox said...

I'm very sorry to hear of the shootings. Most of Iraq seems to be getting more peaceful, but not Mosul. ______ You must understand that the reason the Kurds are keeping people out of their regions is precisely to make sure that this kind of terror does not spread there. From their point of view, Mosul is the home of devils.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Don Cox said...

I'm very sorry to hear of the shootings. Most of Iraq seems to be getting more peaceful, but not Mosul. ______ You must understand that the reason the Kurds are keeping people out of their regions is precisely to make sure that this kind of terror does not spread there. From their point of view, Mosul is the home of devils.

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well roy look at it this, overall as a nation civilian deaths are down 50% while attacks on coalition forces are down atleast 70% since last year. So overall you could make the claim that the surge did work in helping to reduce violence.

Mosul though is appearing to be the last stronghold that AQI has. What is happening in mosul especially recently is definately tragic, but we also have to remember that during the surge along with the awakening movement AQI was forced northward and it appears they converged onto mosul.

I will be praying for your safety sunshine along with your family and all iraqis.

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

I thank you all for your encouraging words and feeling, your comments makes me move on and feel much better ..
and dancewater, i appreciate your kind feelings, your words touched my heart, they are sincere, thank you..

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Dancewater said...

I wish my words could heal - or stop violence......

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunshine, I think the word you were looking for was "emigrate".

It is bad that these things keep happening in your city. You shouldn't have to put up with this. Some time in the future in your life I hope you can find a safe place.

Eventually the madness will stop.

At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you. Your blog cuts through the media news (or sometimes lack of it) and reminds us of the reality of trying to live.


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