Baghdad Girl

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Life in Baghdad these days

About the situation in Baghdad, well, it is not good, the election time is becoming close, all the Iraqi people are getting ready for what will happen in, and after the election, we expect bombs, explosions, and killing. People in Baghdad are afraid to go to the election centers, some of the terrorist groups threaten that they will kill any one participate in these election, even the candidates didn't put there names, only there parties and the parties leaders names were released.
The security something we all miss, even the Americans solders have no security, they have a sign on there vehicles saying "keep 100m distance or you will be shot", imagine you are driving in a crowded road and an American patrol want to use this road, where will you go and how to keep the 100m distance, this is the reason that all our roads are almost in stand still state.
If any driver wasn't able of keeping the distance he will be shot. And if these patrols want to clear the road for them they don't use horn or silence, but they use their guns.





Raghda

25 Comments:

  • At 11:27 AM , Blogger Raghda Zaid said...

    hi,
    i just want to tell you some thing(that picture hwo show a girl huge a big cat)the girl in it is not me.
    I told you that because some people who visit the blog think that this girl is me but it is not.

     
  • At 4:19 PM , Blogger David said...

    Thank you Raghda for telling us about life in Baghdad. In America, we don't hear that much about how life is for Iraqi people right now. I am sorry that Iraq does not have security. I wish that I could tell you that things would get better soon, but I don't know about that. Please keep writing in your blog. Writing about difficult times sometimes helps you to feel better.

     
  • At 5:40 PM , Blogger Storyteller said...

    I'm praying for you & your family Raghda!

     
  • At 9:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Raghda,
    Hi it's me Margie the 43 year old woman from New York who sent you an email and pictures of my cat and dog. I was so happy to hear from you. I had emailed Riverbend two times but never received a reply. My children and nephew were very excited that I could actually communicate with a girl from Iraq. I am so sorry to hear about the situation in Iraq now adays. I have been following the news everyday and I am not sure what the elections will do for anyone. I just feel so bad the way things are going for all of you. I know the american soldiers are afraid of dying also and that may be why they go to the extreme, but it is really sad to see this happening. I am not sure how things will go for your people. I pray that it works out. In all honestly would your people be happy if the Americans just left? I was thinking that may be the best thing but I wondered what all of you think? Would it be better or should they stay and try to get things better first, although nothing has gotten better yet! I will try to take more pictures of our cat to send you soon. We had a bad day in our house today. Remeber I told you that my almost 13 year old daughter loves animals also. Well she has had a rabbit for 2 years and we kept it outside in a cage. My two daughters brought it in today because we are having a very bad winter snow storm and they were worried about him. His name was Shadow. Well anyway my 7 year old girl was holding him walking and he jumped out of her arms and I think broke his neck or something. Anyway he died. My daughters were crying so bad and still are tonight. So it made them feel better to see your cats on your blog. They had never seen it before. I am trying to cheer them up but not much is working. It is very cold here tonight. How is the weather there? Do you have pictures of yourself or do your parents not want them on the computer. I have never put my kids on the internet but I could probably send you a couple pictures of them. They are good kids. We have kids here all the time. The reason I sent the post anonymous was because I didn't want to take the time to think of a user id and password. Maybe I will next time. Well thank you so much for answering me. We were all so excited. My first actual response from Iraq. I hope to talk to you again real soon. I decided to answer you this way instead of thorough an email but I will email you again with pictures. My new friend Raghda, I pray for you and wish you peace and happiness.

    Your new friend ,Margie

     
  • At 9:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Raghda,
    Hi it's me Margie the 43 year old woman from New York who sent you an email and pictures of my cat and dog. I was so happy to hear from you. I had emailed Riverbend two times but never received a reply. My children and nephew were very excited that I could actually communicate with a girl from Iraq. I am so sorry to hear about the situation in Iraq now adays. I have been following the news everyday and I am not sure what the elections will do for anyone. I just feel so bad the way things are going for all of you. I know the american soldiers are afraid of dying also and that may be why they go to the extreme, but it is really sad to see this happening. I am not sure how things will go for your people. I pray that it works out. In all honestly would your people be happy if the Americans just left? I was thinking that may be the best thing but I wondered what all of you think? Would it be better or should they stay and try to get things better first, although nothing has gotten better yet! I will try to take more pictures of our cat to send you soon. We had a bad day in our house today. Remeber I told you that my almost 13 year old daughter loves animals also. Well she has had a rabbit for 2 years and we kept it outside in a cage. My two daughters brought it in today because we are having a very bad winter snow storm and they were worried about him. His name was Shadow. Well anyway my 7 year old girl was holding him walking and he jumped out of her arms and I think broke his neck or something. Anyway he died. My daughters were crying so bad and still are tonight. So it made them feel better to see your cats on your blog. They had never seen it before. I am trying to cheer them up but not much is working. It is very cold here tonight. How is the weather there? Do you have pictures of yourself or do your parents not want them on the computer. I have never put my kids on the internet but I could probably send you a couple pictures of them. They are good kids. We have kids here all the time. The reason I sent the post anonymous was because I didn't want to take the time to think of a user id and password. Maybe I will next time. Well thank you so much for answering me. We were all so excited. My first actual response from Iraq. I hope to talk to you again real soon. I decided to answer you this way instead of thorough an email but I will email you again with pictures. My new friend Raghda, I pray for you and wish you peace and happiness.

    Your new friend ,Margie

     
  • At 5:32 AM , Blogger Raghda Zaid said...

    HI:
    How are you all?
    Thank you for all your comments, my friend i am so sorry for your daughters rabbit, tell them about my lost cat may be that will make them feel beter because i felt sad too but i didn't cray not this time because alot of Iraqi people die and i don't cray on them but i feel sad.
    Any way send to them my best wishes and tell them to not be sad

     
  • At 8:12 PM , Blogger Steve_Jobs said...

    Freedom has always had a high price. I'm terribly sad that price is so high for the Iraqi people.

     
  • At 4:29 PM , Blogger KT said...

    Raghda,

    Just wanted to let you know I always enjoy stopping by your blog. It always makes me smile. The rest of my family likes dogs-I do too-but I am a cat person. We only have one left; she is 15 years old and runs the whole house most of the time. Been around longer than some of my kids.

    It saddens me to know what you and your family and others are going through. Your blog and the positive nature of it tells me it will turn out alright. Stay safe.

     
  • At 12:51 AM , Blogger Fayrouz said...

    Hi Queen of Cats,

    Glad to see you blogging again. I hope you did well in your exams. I'm sure you did so well in your English exam :-)

    I wish things were better in Iraq. But, at least Najma, hnk and Aya are visiting you for the Spring break.

    Stay safe.

     
  • At 10:47 AM , Blogger ac blue eagle said...

    Love your cats. Hope all goes well on election day, and I believe that while this election day may be a shaky start, I think future ones will go better. I, as one American, hope for the best for you and your country. You deserve it.

     
  • At 10:53 AM , Blogger ac blue eagle said...

    Love your cats. Hope all goes well on election day, and I believe that while this election day may be a shaky start, I think future ones will go better. I, as one American, hope for the best for you and your country. You deserve it.

     
  • At 6:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    perhaps you should continue to blog about cats and other furry animals and less about the international terrorist organizations that live in your neighborhood. you are 13 and im sure dont understand all that is happening and why it does, so maybe it would be best that you blog about something less complex and disturbing.

     
  • At 6:01 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

    Raghda, I have read your blog before but this is the first time I've commented. Ignore that last comment. You should write about anything you want to write about, whether stuff is happy or sad. You seem like a brilliant and beautiful young woman, and your unique perspective is important to a lot of people. I love your kitty pictures too. Keep up the good work!

     
  • At 6:36 AM , Blogger Raghda Zaid said...

    Thank you sarah, sure i'll write every think sad or happy the important thing it's true.

     
  • At 11:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Raghda
    I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the pictures of your cat and the beautiful places in Iraq, I hope there is peace there soon so you and your family can feel safe again.
    John McCann, posting anonymously to save time.

     
  • At 11:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Baghdad Girl:

    I just wanted to add my comment regarding your posts about your life. Don't ever let anyone try to tell you how you should experience your life or how you should feel about it. You are the expert here! I think you are very brave and admire you for speaking the truth about what it is like for you to live in your city home while it is occupied by foreign troups and under siege. I wish you and your people the best and will visit your Blog often.

     
  • At 1:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    your bolg is very intresting because you never read in the newspaper what it is really like in iraq. you must be very scared. from a friend

     
  • At 3:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    one thing I would really appreciate would be to describe the relationship between the people in the cities and the insurgents/ terrorists. It's hard to tell if the people are with them or against them. I don't understand why there is no anger towards them.

     
  • At 5:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Raghda :)

    I am a Canadian and came across your blog today. I was wondering..."In your opinion, was Iraq better before the Americans invaded?" Most Canadians, myself included, do not have very much respect for what the U.S. has done to your country. That would include what Bush senior did as well. Maggie

     
  • At 1:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi raghda--

    this is solhnyc in ny city...i am not ordinarily a cat person but your photos are so darned cute...please keep writing about all your experiences...its important for us outside iraq to be able to read a real (young) persons account of whats going on in baghdad rather than just reading news stories...your blog (like salam pax's and other iraqui blogs) is precious becaue of this...thank you so much...

    solhnyc

     
  • At 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Raghda,

    Thank you for posting those pictures of your kitties. I love cats myself, so they are always nice to look at. I also hope that life in Baghdad gets better. I can understand how tough it must be.

    ~Pitkat

     
  • At 1:29 PM , Blogger s said...

    dear Raghda , thank you for starting your blog. i hope your area of baghdad gets better and better . are other areas as bad as Riverbend's , in that water can be cut off for a long time and electric power is on just a few hours a day ? your cat pictures are great.

     
  • At 5:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Raghda... Thanks for telling us about Baghdad and for your wonderful cat pictures. I wish you wel from America.

     
  • At 6:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'd just like to say that it is people like you that bring light into a bad situation. KEEP SMILING:D

     
  • At 2:29 PM , Anonymous Aimee said...

    Hey Raghda! Love your blog - I love the pictures of cats and your perspective on life. I also love cats - I've got my baby-Millie, she's black with green eyes. Keep writing, and don't listen to the comment telling you what to write. Write what you want - it's your blog! Aimee from England xXx

     

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