Sorry for the delay, and I am sorry about
your great uncle. Allah yer7amo wo yer7am el-jamee3.
I was so touched by what you said...that
you didn't know whether or not you were Sunni or Shia. I didn't know what I was
for a while either, and I didn't care that much because we are all Muslims. We
are all believers and worshipers of Allah (SWT). I don't understand why this is
happening...it breaks my heart.
I was talking to my friend in Jenin this
morning. He says he loves Jenin but at the same time life there is so hard.
I'm sure you love Iraq, and why wouldn't you? It's your homeland. It's where
you were born and raised. I told him that I always wish that I was born and
raised in Palestine. I wish my parents never left...
On a brighter note, tell me what good
songs are out? I'd love to hear your opinion.
Hi fatin, I am all right. my family is ok. before week ago my father's
uncle was shot and killed by US soldiers. he is 78 years old. this news made me
feel week, I don't know what to do. After a day of his death, a mortar fell
in our school garden.and the situation in school was too bad, the window broke
out, and the girls began to cry and yelled but don't worry no body die or have
a serious injured. We went out of the house today. we were going to my aunt's
house which is not far from our house but the roads were closed and we couldn't
returne to the house from the way we come from. we went to the othersid from
mosul and then return back to our side. The shops were closed at 4 oclock in the
evening.. the streets were empty...
Do you know what? before the war I
didn't know if I am from suna or from shea. we were living together and don't
care to whcih religion we belong to. till the occupation. America worked hard
and still working hard to make a civil
war.. OFFF you can't imagin what I am going throgh. I am tired .
really really tired from this. All of this. salam
Hi, Hiba. How are you? Sorry for the
late reply. I've been so busy with school and work, and I have exams to deal
with. I can't wait for graduation. Wish me luck!
So tell me, how's everything? I hope you
and your family are doing well. I know you don't like to talk about what's
going on in Iraq much, but I'm so sorry; I'm really worried about you and
others. People here say that there will be a civil war (or there is already a
civil war). I can't tolerate the idea. Three years is such a long time. Allah
Anyway, my dear, reply to me whenever you
can. Keep smiling! Always know that you have a friend in New York who will
always care about you.
By the way, I am not yet in college...this
is my 12th year (tawjihi) I only take 2 college classes.
Hello, thank you for the letter And I am sorry for late I was in BAghdad last
10 days and today we came back to Mosul.We were lucky that the road was good.
But of course I am tired now. Huh. I missed my bed, my computer Tomorrow
is a big day for me. I have to go to school and get my mid_examination's
marks. I am terrified; I am not ready not at
The driver who took us to Mosul didn't stop talking about Gas
and gasoline problems and about the price of meet. What happened to this guy? I
couldn't sleep and I had a headache beside that I don't know what happened to my
neck, I can't move it easy, It's hurt me a little.
what About you? how is
your collage? I hope you are doing great. Good luck Salam,
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.
Another pair is launched! These new beginnings always
give me the chills. I know it isn’t a big deal, but every time I see two young
adults connecting across great distances (political/social/geographic) it
raises my hopes; and my spirits, which could use a little uplifting these days (days of
bombs, hurricanes, and the general madness of our modern world). Now I get to
add Mosul to my poor
last update = October 7, 2005-at the bottom, below.
But enough about
me. Here are Hiba (Mosul)
and Fatin (a student of mine in Brooklyn)making