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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

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A catastrophe

  Although most of the roads today were blocked, I was going to a friend of mine, since his house is pretty near I didn't think the roads would be much of a problem, so my thought was to get to the main street and get a ride from there, but my idea was proven wrong when I got there, because the street was overcrowded, but there were no cars there, only people. Today is a big religious event for Shiites in Iraq, they would all march to a place in Baghdad called Kazimia.

  So there was no way I could go by car, but the scene was nice, I stood there watching for a while, then I went back, called my friend so he could come pick me up from a different route. When I was at his house, his father suddenly entered the room and said "Come watch the news, quickly". Ok so this is the news. Ok now although you will read the article, but I have a few things to add. The local TV news station said it all began when some mortars fell on a nearby park, so people started running everywhere saying there was an attack, the news quickly traveled until it reached the bridge. Some people on the bridge started screaming that there was a bombed car on the bridge, or there were some terrorists on the bridge, in a few seconds later chaos was everywhere, and people started running everywhere, pushing each other off the bridge or stepping on each other, total CHAOS. Many fell of the bridge, some rumors tell that a part of the bridge fell over, so hundreds of people fell off the bridge into the river Dijla, most of them drowned.

For me I don't know what to say for those people killed, but the truth is they can finally rest, they will rest from all the suffering the Iraqis are facing like electricity, water and benzene. But I fell so sorry when I think of those people with families, or for the children who came with their fathers and mothers, I'm a Sunni myself, but I do have a heart, and it is bleeding now.

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Blogger Maya said...

Dear Iraqui:

I am very sorry to hear today's news. I'm a Portorrican American and I have been watching the news very closely. I am very glad to have found your blog because this way I can get to first hand news rather than what is filtered through the media here. Here we seldom hear about the casualties there, and who is who and who got killed and who suffers. That is what I am interested in and also how Iraqui's feel about all that has been going on since the invasion; I guess very split.
I will make a link to your website from my blog: spaces.msn.com/members/mayabue and keep tabs on your entries.
Know that here from USA there are a lot of people that want to see this war and devastation over and are hoping that if anything good will come of this is for your people to have command of their own land and country with freedom and happiness some day.
Very sincerely and with all my support,

1:33 AM  
Blogger Treasure of Baghdad said...

My heart is bleeding as well. When I watched the news first on my news wires account, I was shocked and started screaming in the office, "A disaster, a disaster!".
I just cannot imagine that. It is so scary. It is the worst. These people were poor and they just follow their traditions and try to practice their rituals peacefully. I suffered until I reached the office in the morning because of the streets they blocked and I was so angry, although I am a Shiite, but when I saw what happened, I was completely shocked and imagined how many wives became widows and children became orphans.
The wound is getting bigger and I am afraid that we will not be able to control it. I have just told my friend that I pray May God takes all the resources away from Iraq. These are the reasons behind the disasters that make us miserable. Everyone is greedy and wants to control this country because of these resources which the people never enjoyed. Nobody cares about us my dear, even the Americans who claimed that they came to liberate us.

5:09 PM  
Blogger 24 Steps to Liberty said...

Average Iraqi,
I loved your blog. it is a real image of what life looks like in Baghdad and Iraq. On the catastrophic day, i also posted some thoughts. I just don’t believe what had happened that day. Also, I didn’t like the way the government handled the situation. Officials exchanged accusations, but no one admitted it was the government’s fault. Hundreds of Iraqis killed that day, but no one cared. All what they cared about is to clear themselves of the guilt. Bu I still say, Iraq has you, me, and others who will stand and defend our heritage, present time, and future. If we couldn’t get our life arranged, we should pave the way to the next generation. Keep on the right track and write more. The world is listening to us.
If you like to visit my blog, it is: twentyfourstepstoliberty.blogspot.com

7:00 PM  
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