We've heard again from some of the 'Women of Peace' students in Baghdad. Here's an exchange that is from last month. Because of bad connections, the dangers in walking to the internet cafe, curfews, and partents' reluctance to let thier daughters and sons walk the Baghdad streets it took a long time to get permission to print it here.
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 4:50 PM
Subject: Thank you
I know that you are not responsible, you are just students like us. We are both students and we have nothing to do with war. but what is happening in my country must stop.
What happened to Ali is a
piece of cake , there are many families that suffer the brutality of your
occupation. My neighbor's father was detained by your troops and released but
after 3 days he was kidnapped. This was 2 years ago and he is still missing. They are 5 children
and their mother is sick. Now their uncle is supporting them because all of them
All Iraqis wounded from your occupation, no one is happy.
Thank you for sending
your words and your heart. I’ll put this on the blog for all to
Try, within the moments of silence, to eat a sweet and think of a quiet place where you can sit in silence and breathe deeply. If only for a moment—feel some peace.
We are doing a speaking tour and trying to educate Americans about the consequences of US actions in Iraq. We are also raising money for needy families in Baghdad. We are also sending books to schools there. We are not doing a lot, I know, but we are trying.
Stay strong, dear ones. You are the future, and in you lies the memory of the past, the pain of today, and the promise of Iraq tomorrow.