In clear words these Baghdad students continue to tell of their lives under the occupation. They carry on with their studies, take exams, look for jobs, and get married--all quite normal activities but in such an abnormal set of conditions.
And these conditions are what is becoming normal to these young people. Here's an email to an Iraqi teacher who is on leave from some of her students.
You know we love you very much.
You know that we will never forget your lessons and our smiles together.
Each time we want to write to you but we are busy finding jobs inside the district. We are afraid to go out of it and our families do not allow us to go out of the district. We feel our houses as prisons and we wish we weren't graduated. At least we could go to school and see each other.
X got married and she found a teaching job next to her house. She is lucky.
She said the children are noisy. There are orphans and many homeless children in the school.
Of course. Because many of them came from different places to get rid of the violence they left their clothes and funiture behind. I asked X to write to you and she said she will, inshallah.
When will you come back again? we want to see you.
Please do not stop writing to us.
You can help the orphans and widows of Baghdad. Just to give you an idea: $200 will feed a family of four for a month. Anything you contribute will help.
Send your non-tax-deductible contribution (we are not a charity; just some folks trying to make a difference) made out to Bruce Wallace.
523 72nd Street
Brooklyn NY 11209