"Lala" is a colloquial Iraqi name for oil lamps that first appeared during the 1940s, fell into disuse during the 1950s and 1960s, then reappeared in force as a result of the recurring electricity crises.
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Yes Bruce, I spent
the whole day crying yesterday. Each time I remembered the good time and the
bad ...I cried.
I remember those two girls when they used to sleep between my arms, when they came running to hug me when I came back from school and they used to ask, “What did you bring for me?”
When I received this
picture I cried a lot because I remember their smell...the smell of love,
warmth, and passion. I remember their way of talking to each other, playing
with each other, and sometimes they change words in a funny way because they
cannot pronounce them correctly.
I remember their fear when the US troops passed in the street outside our gate. Their cries and horror when the shooting starts all of a sudden and they run to their parents' arms or mine to hide.
Though they were born after the war we wished them to live in peace and happiness and no one knew that it will take so long.
I do not want them to witness this horror and violence, this suffering...They can't go to play in the entertainment land. They can't visit the Zoo to see the real animals, They are stuck inside the house for their safety. Their parents are afraid of kidnapping or raping or killing that has spread widely in Iraq. It costs $30,000 to get a child returned to the home. They are afraid of the bombing that cuts the limbs of many Iraqi children. Do you know their numbers? There are more than 27,000 disabled Iraqi children since 2003!
Here, in your country, is a special world for children to play and have fun
peacefully. There are many toys, different kinds of candies, and different
kinds of comfort to make them happy and safe. You are waging war against the
Chinese toys in the American stores because these toys hurt the American
children's health, but you don't think of the Iraqi child who lives in the
polluted environment from your weapons. You don’t think of the horror you made
in my country...of the children who are traumatized again and again because of
the violence in Iraq.
Women gather everyday at the gate of the hospitals to check for their missing sons among the unidentified dead bodies.
A mass grave was recently found in northern Baghdad.
Two Professors who used to teach in the most well-known Universities in Iraq were assassinated in the day time!
How many Eid have passed and Iraq still sad and bleeding?
Its people are deprived the joy of life. Its children live in poverty and fear. Its women are tired of pain and their words are tears and their looks are full of sighs.
I guess you know that I cried!