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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Thursday, February 03, 2005



   The average Iraqi is a person who walkes fast, talks tough, breathes air filled with home made smoke and God knows what else gases a bomb releases and sometimes it is worth his life to cross a street or drive a car.

   Take me for example on Wednesday i was driving a car, I had already bought some stuff, getting home with the car was the least of my troubles. Turned out I was wrong. The car never made it home, not my home anyway. Yeah that's right i was robbed but i wasn't shot because i did what i was told to do, not exactly what the average Iraqi would have done but that is just fictional anyways, i mean no one is exactly AVERAGE.

   But i can guess what the average Iraqi would have done. He would have propably tried ramming their car with his or pull a gun something like that. Well my car was new so i would rather give it to them than destroy it and keep it, and i didn't have a gun, not that i would have used it anyway. So either i pull a rabbit from the hat or give it to them, i chose life.

   Ok now the average Iraqi would go to the cops and report it, i did that of course but i wouldn't put my bets on them because most of them are volunteers and they are not trained cops and believe it or not a good proportion of them are actually ex-convicts. So they are fruitless, which means only one thing; my car is a GONER


Blogger Dalia Mohammed said...

Thanks God nothing happened to you...and I hope you are well now


7:24 PM  
Blogger Raghda Zaid said...

Hello Hassan,
Very nice blog, I read what you wrote and thank God for your safety.

6:12 PM  
Blogger SuziiQ said...

Lost and confused...is this a fictional story or something that happened to you in "real" life? The story reads as fiction but the other comments indicate that it happened to you in "real" life...what is it? real or fake?

6:49 PM  
Blogger Hassan said...

It is a real story that happened in the real last Wednesday but the part of the average Iraqi behavior is fiction.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Mad Canuck said...

Hi Hassan,

A good friend of mine told me about your blog. Welcome to the world of blogging! I hope you enjoy it, and I'm glad you're okay. Sorry to hear about your car, though.

I think you picked the right choice: you can always replace a car, you can never replace your life. By not resisting the robbers, you did not give them a reason to harm you, and thus you are still alive to talk about it.

Sometimes, if you live where there is a lot of crime, it pays to drive a cheap car that the robbers won't want. I have a good friend who lives in Mexico City who had a shiny new car, and was robbed at gunpoint for it. After that, he bought a cheap car so he wouldn't have to worry as much about going through that experience again. In addition to the lower value of the car, a cheap car makes the driver look less affluent - another good thing if you want robbers to leave you alone.

Or, you can always do like they do in South Africa - install a flame thrower on your car to barbecue the bastards before they can carjack you.

Shawn - www.madcanuck.com

7:53 AM  
Blogger praktike said...

Oh, no! That's too bad. But your life is much more important than your car, so I'm glad you're okay. And at least you got your anti-virus CD back, right?

8:12 PM  
Blogger Aunt Najma said...

Well, praktike, he DID NOT get the CD back.. The robbers just gazed at him and continued their way.

Forgive me Hassan for answering this, but I couldn't resist..

8:30 PM  
Blogger praktike said...

Oh no ... I misunderstood. Well, be very careful about opening email attachments, then. Thanks, Najma.

10:31 PM  
Blogger dancewater said...

Hassan, welcome to the blogging world.... and I'm very sorry your car was carjacked. I think you did the right thing: staying alive is more important than a car. I hope things get calmer there in Iraq. It sounds terrible.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Mike O said...

The car wasn't worth your life; you were right to give it up. Just hope it doesn't get used for something really bad (like a car bomb). Things will get better; hopefully sooner rather than later. Once some of jihadists realize Iraqis actually will be running their own country, they will go away and the cops will have more time to take care of common criminals, like your carjackers.

8:32 AM  
Blogger cile said...

hey there baghdad,
-> i did what i was told to do, not exactly what the average Iraqi would have done but that is just fictional anyways, i mean no one is exactly AVERAGE <-

how you've put this makes me really curious to more iraqi fiction & faction about your daily experiences. it is a nasty story, but nicely written!

4:55 PM  
Blogger A Free Writer said...

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6:32 PM  
Blogger Hassan said...

Yes, Free writer i do have such a relative but his name is hasan, mine is hassan; double s. But thank you any way.

6:34 PM  
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