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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

Monday, September 26, 2005

A Woman's Life in Baghdad Part II

  Compare your childhood to the childhood of your children.

"My childhood was before Saddam rose to power, it was happy, I went to kindergarten, which my 6 years old daughter was deprived from, she hasn't been to a zoo, or a playing ground. I used to go cinemas a lot with my family, while all 3 kids of mine hadn't seen or went to a cinema. We can't even go in a family picnic, because of the lack of security.

"We started traveling around in 1965, we went to England and Lebanon regulary, we also visited Jordan, Syria and Turkey, compared to my kids who hasn't been outside Iraq. Right now traveling outside Iraq is possible only to some Arabic countries, and from there to other countries. But most countries treat Iraqis in bad manner, treating them as if they were.... Terrorists. My own father as an example, he tried to go to England last summer on a business trip, to go to England he had to go to Jordan first, then to the British embassy where he was supposed to get a visa, but they wouldn't give it to him. My father is 77 years old man, what kind of damage can he make there.

"Right now, there are no means of fun for teenagers, so they either spend their time in their neighborhood, and that is not a good thing, or they might bring their friends home, or spend their times indoors, on the computer or TV. My older son is capable of driving a car now, but we don't let him go out with the car, or use it to get to his university in fear of hijackers, or kidnappers, especially that my husband is a well-known architect all throughout Baghdad."

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Blogger Libby said...

Hello Hassan

Another interesting post. Please do not take the following question as disrepectful in any way but....Does the part about travel, especially regarding travel abroad, really represent the "average Iraq"? I didn't realize that. Perhaps I'm wrong in thinking only the wealthy could afford it.

I enjoy reading your informative blog.


12:36 AM  
Blogger Hassan said...


The only comments I take as disrespectful are the comments that contain insults, without any discussion in them. Your comment doesn't have any improper phrases in it whatsoever, so I am happy to see it..

As for the traveling part, the time those travels hapened, the Average Iraqi wasn't exactly the same person he is now. Example: In 1960 One Dinar was worth a little more than 3 Dollars, belive it or now, now a Dollar is worth 1470 Dinars. So as you can see, at that time a Dinar was worth more than a Dollar, then it started going down untill we are here today with this price.
In short, it was possible for the Average Iraqi to travel around in the 1960-70s but now it is different, only a few can afford traveling aboard...

12:50 AM  
Anonymous chele said...

i know this will never compare..
but here in california we face such things as...

Drive by shootings.
Car to car shootings.
Traffic that takes 20 mins to move your car inches sometimes.
I live very close to the murder capital of the USA.
All of this is LosT Angeles.
Somethings are close...
Somethings will never compare..

8:17 AM  
Blogger Hassan said...


Yes, it doesn't compare now, but I'm hoping it will in the future...
Somethings are close...

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