from a dear friend in Baghdad...
dearest brothers and sisters,
Salaam from Baghdad, the city of pain, hope, and magic tales... I am a 24 yrs. old Baghdadi girl (or gal you take your pick-I may not be that young to be called a girl!) and a trainee doctor-a final yr. medical student at Baghdad Medical School… I was accepted at Baghdad Medical School in 2004, one yr. after the US led invasion of my Iraq… Right now things on the ground in my Baghdad are better than they used to be before… Back in 2006, 2007, and even 2008 going to my college used to be a life or death decision, either you return back home safely or not… So we used to miss classes and stay at home when things on the ground get pretty messy (something which used to happen a lot in the past-and even now but to a lesser extent) and get back to classes when things get a bit quieter… Also many of our college professors were either assassinated or received death threats that forced them to leave the country, the danger didn't spare our college students either-some of them were random targets of the bad guys, many others were forced to fled the capital so safer places either in the North or the South or even outside of Iraq… Now the security situation on the ground in Baghdad is better than it used to be before-our teachers and students are coming back to their most beloved college, slowly and yet steadily… And yet the danger is still there, may be the difference is that we're a bit less afraid than we used to be before-before we used to get very intimidated pretty easily by the bad guys but I guess that we just got tougher and stronger with time, after all what doesn't kill you makes you stronger eh ? With my love… Yours sincerely, Lubna N