Salaam. How's everything? I wish you luck on your
mid-year exams. I will be starting a new semester after tomorrow, and I will be
taking a college class starting tomorrow. I am excited about that .
I know the situations are not good in Mosul and in Iraq
in general. I can't say that I know how it feels because I've never felt war,
maybe only a little bit when I went to Palestine in 2004. But no matter what,
Iraq is your home. If I had a choice, I would definitely live in Palestine
because all of my family's there and despite the hardship at least the people
you love are with you, and there's a sense of belonging; you really feel like
you are at home. It's been more than 7 years since I left Saudi Arabia, and I
don't feel like I belong here still, ya Hiba. The only thing that keeps me here
is education. But I can get education anywhere: Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon,
Iraq . Actually I might go to college in an Arab country because life
here gets very empty and depressing...
Anyway, I trust that us Arabs can handle the hardships
in our countries. As much as the people in Palestine are oppressed, they still
manage to continue their lives and advance in society. My town (Asirah
Ash-Shamalia, near Nablus) used to be just a poor town, but last time I went to
visit, it changed and looked more like a city. We're Arabs, Hiba. We are
smart. We can take on the world.
By the way, I plan to visit Palestine, Jordan, and
maybe Lebanon this summer, inshAllah. I thought I should tell you .
I hope to hear from you soon. Send my salaam to your
family and friends.
Teacher to teacher, friend to friend, brother to sister to brother.
One of the first things I learned after 9/11 is that you cannot compare troubles. Each life is lived without comparison. Each must be accepted for what it is.
And yet, it is so obvious that Noor's troubles are so much greater than mine.
First, my rather letter which touches on the 3rd International Congresso about Victims of Terrorism to be held in Valencia, Spain next month, seemed important to me when I wrote it.
Then I received Noor's ever-so-much more important response in which she paints a small picture of everyday life in Baghdad. Life as is unknown to me. I try to imagine these events taking place on my street, but I cannot. The parts in brackets <<like this>> are taken from our phone call on Jan. 28, just after I got Noor's email answer. That was when she told me about the boys that died.>> Bruce
Yes Mr Wallace...........I appreciate you giving me the chance to
become friends with someone of another country, another lifestyle, also i have
friends that would love to become apart of this project.........thanks a mill'
You may have wondered what has become of Ian and Sam...Well, they are still friends. I haven't posted their most recent letters and the reason is in the letter I just sent to them, below. Bruce ---
Dear Ian and Sam, Congratulations. I have finally had to censor email and make the decision to not put your most recent letters on the blog. (But I will post this email to let people know that you two have remained friends.)
I thought this would bother me because I like to put your stuff on the blog. It turns out that I feel so good about the fact that you two have gotten so close to each other that you can talk so freely to one another that you reveal very personal things about yourselves.
So, I will continue to be pleased by your writings. Have you any friends that would like to write so that we can expand this project a little bit?
How are you brother and how is Marilyn? hope you are fine and
the chaose here is the same...from worse to worst...3 days ago 4
young men were killed in the street in front of us (students and teachers ) no
one knew why?
My district witnesses every day combat and we have to be speechless
and our eyes should be closed...
H and T are fine and they sent you thier regards...they are
busy with the mid term Examinatins...I think I am fine too
Those last days I was busy with collecting information about TOFEL
test and tried to finish my study sertificate transcripts but they told me it takes 30
days (at least) to show up!!...
An announcement came to my school from the ministry of
education about scholarships to many different countruies and most of the
teachers try to submit thier transcripts ( my headmaster asked me to do the
same) but no one knows the countries to which they will send
I am reading (The God of Small Things) you have sent me...
Thank you dear for trying to help...I hope we can manage and get
By the way ...Have you heard that Bush gave his order to stop the
plans of reconstuction Iraq??