Thursday, June 03, 2004

the hope is bigger

I found another blog about me "IRAQ" and another happy story:

When my youngest boy finished primary school in the summer of 2001, he got a sufficiently high score to encourage us to consider sending him to Baghdad College (still one of the best intermediate and secondary schools in the country).
Baghdad College had its own admission exam for which students had to get prepared, so we enrolled our son into one of the summer courses for that purpose. I had to drop him off to school and then fetch him back a few hours later.

It was July and the heat was something non-Iraqis have no idea of! Every single day, I noticed a woman in her 40’s holding her boy’s hand and walking him to the same school. The distance from the main road (where they evidently left the bus) was more than 2 miles.
When I went back to collect my son at noon, there was the same woman sitting on the stairs of the school waiting for her son to finish (apparently her journey home was too long to make it twice… so she preferred to wait on the stairs for 3 hours!) so she could walk back with him those two miles in the noon sun to the main road again to take a bus. Noon in July!

There is hope umm I think

I was surfing in other blogs about IRAQ in these critical times and I get interesting story to share with you:

it is a soldier blog and he has a very interesting story:
There is a sheikh in the area around my base who is blind. He is sort of the head sheikh for the area. Anyways his son had his leg blown off somehow a bit ago by the US or Coalition Forces.
The sheikh was not happy about this, and was stirring the pot, so to speak over it. The result was there were some problems in the area. One of the units here sent a Civil Affairs officer to "make amends" with the family and to try to smooth things over. Simple enough.
The Officer goes to meet with the blind sheikh and his family, over lunch. Well during the lunch the officer falls asleep (Bad form). The people at the lunch notice that the officer is asleep and go to wake him up.
When they do this, the officer gets startled and freaks out. Maybe he was having a bad dream, and the sight of a bunch of Iraqis crowded around him set him off, who knows? Anyways the officer in his panic, draws his pistol and fires a shot which hits the Shiekhs son (who already lost his leg) in the face, goes through him and hits an Iraqi Civil Defense soldier in the back.
Needless to say the Civil Affairs mission was not a success. Im not sure how the US is going to smooth this over?

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