Baghdad Girl

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Leaving Iraq

Dear friends,
I finaly finished my exams and I think I did very well, the final marks will be released after two weeks or so, with all that the situation in Iraq is very bad and it keep getting worse with every new day, it made my parents decide to leave Iraq heading to the UAE, and to keep my self from getting hurt I have to leave my country, my family, my friends, and my cats, all I can do now is hope that I'll be able to return back to Iraq one day and that things will be different from what it is now.
But I promise that I'll never stop blogging no matter where I am.

Yours,
Raghda.

36 Comments:

  • At 9:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope your travel to the UAE goes smoothly, and you are able to return to Iraq soon. You are in my thoughts.

     
  • At 10:40 AM , Anonymous Meyrick Kirby said...

    I hope your exams went well.

     
  • At 3:47 PM , Blogger Rizalist said...

    There are many, even far away, for whom your blog represented Iraq in a unique and humane way. It's paradoxical that the subject is never "seen" in your photos. Only felt. Only sensed in a devastating and indescribable feeling. No other "cat blog" comes close to what you have evoked in many. Thank you!

     
  • At 7:55 PM , Blogger jarvenpa said...

    rizalist is right, your blog has been very important for many.
    May your move go well, may your life be happy, may your cats find people who care for them while you are not there.
    And yes, keep blogging. We will be watching for more news of you and your family.

     
  • At 9:32 PM , Blogger David said...

    Dear Raghda,
    I am very sorry that the situation in Iraq is so bad that you and your family must leave. Who will care for your cats? I hope they will be ok! I really hope that you can return to Iraq someday. I hope it will not be a long time! I'm happy that you will keep blogging. I promise that I will keep visiting you!

     
  • At 12:23 PM , Anonymous Jrule said...

    Best of luck to you and your family Raghda

     
  • At 12:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    go to Kurdistan
    it is not Iraq . it is safe.

    biji Kurdistan !

     
  • At 1:39 PM , Blogger Abdulmajeed said...

    i wish you good gardes and i willcome you here in the UAE your second country and i hope you will like it.

     
  • At 4:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I was happy to see you write your blog again as it means you are still safe. I am so sorry that your family feel they must move away to be safe, we hope and pray things will be better soon, and you will be coming back to a better place. You must hope it will be soon, but be ready if it has to be a long time, maybe a year ot two or even more. Keep blogging, people around the world are waiting to hear about you!

     
  • At 7:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    take care. looking forward to hearing of you from UAE. good luck with exams. I hope you will be able to return soon.
    starliz

     
  • At 8:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope your move goes smoothly. I know it will be hard, but I will pray that everything goes well and you find a cat in the UAE who needs you. I would send you one of my kittens if I was able.

    Julie - http://julie.marzhillstudios.com

     
  • At 12:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Selam Ragda,

    I pray for your well being. It has been a bitter sweet pleasure to read your posts. When there are no new ones, I fear for your health and safety.

    Take care...

     
  • At 11:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i cant imagine what it must be like to leave everything that you have ever known for a land, a country, that is not your own.
    i am sorry that the situation is that way it is in iraq. but i have to be honest - i was relieved to hear that you will be leaving... it just means that we will defnitely hear from you from UAE.
    god bless and take care.

     
  • At 2:00 PM , Blogger BJFORD3 said...

    Good to see your new message, Raghda! Try not to be too sad about having to move. I've had to move a few times myself when I didn't think I wanted to. It helps to think of it more as an exciting adventure, and it's easier when you know it's the right thing to do because you'll be safer. There are places besides Iraq that would be better for you. Unfortunately, in many ways, Iraq right now is not the country that you knew and grew to love. You may miss the good times you once had there, but it is important that you and your family be safe. Don't worry about the cats! There will be cats for you to care for where ever you go! They will find you! :-)

     
  • At 3:55 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

    You and your parents have made a wise decision. I do hope that one day Iraq will be a place that can nurture the talents and patriotism of you and other refugees driven away by the present conflict.

     
  • At 5:40 PM , Anonymous Clarke said...

    My cats would like to apologize to your cats.

    More specifically, they'd like to apologize for the inaction of their worthless, cowardly owner who thought it was enough to be against this madness without going that extra step and, you know, actually doing something to keep it from happening.

    Barfing up hairballs in solidarity,
    ~The Gang

     
  • At 9:25 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

    Dear Raghda,

    I am glad that your exams went well, and I am glad to know that you and your family will be safe.

    I hope you get to return to your home and your kitties soon.

    Take care of yourself, dear one.

     
  • At 10:17 AM , Blogger vo0do0chile said...

    Raghda, I am sorry to hear that you have to leave but glad that you and your family are willing to make the hard choices that will keep you safe. As for your kitties, tell everyone you know that you need a home for them and you will probably find one.

    As far as the move is concerned: life is the sum of experiences and the more experiences we have, the better person we become; So, remmeber that, in the end, this move will make you a wiser and better person, even if you're not necessarily a happier one.

     
  • At 1:42 PM , Anonymous John said...

    My very best wishes to you and your family. May you be able to return home soon.

     
  • At 11:52 PM , Blogger NiCOii said...

    you remind me of anne frank=)

     
  • At 4:39 PM , Blogger Matt said...

    I'm sorry to hear that you have to leave Iraq. I hope that your life is better in the UAE. I'll be checking back every now and then.

     
  • At 11:20 AM , Anonymous andanza_blue said...

    I can't beileve it! will you B posting soon. who will care for your cats? I hope that they will be alright. I hope you'll be alright 2. Don't kept us hanging... write soon... post cats... best of luck!

     
  • At 11:21 AM , Anonymous andanza_blue said...

    I can't beileve it! will you B posting soon. who will care for your cats? I hope that they will be alright. I hope you'll be alright 2. Don't kept us hanging... write soon... post cats... best of luck!

     
  • At 7:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow this is the Bush' "free" Iraq. i must join in more protests

     
  • At 8:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Blessings on you, Raghda, in your new place .... it won't feel like home, and may never ... but I'll be glad to think of you being safe. -- Jennifer in Seattle

     
  • At 8:53 PM , Blogger kittykatfish said...

    My cats would also like to apologize to you and your cats.

    I certainly could, and should have done more...in 2000 when Bush/Cheney stole the election and during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

    I'm sorry.

    Be safe.

     
  • At 2:24 AM , Blogger olivebranch said...

    dear raghda; I hope you are safe and I pray your trip, and Najma+HNK's mum's trip back to Mosul; will be safe and free of incidents.

    Hopefully you will meet up with Rose while you are over there?

    I hope it will be safe and it is sad you should leave your country in this way; but the choice is the correct one.

    I pray for Iraq and for you and your family- I pray things will get better and you can all celebrate together again some day...

    While you are out of the country and have plenty of electricity would you be interested in writing some stories about your life in Iraq for the Olivebranch Network? (http://olivebranchoptimism.net)

     
  • At 2:52 PM , Anonymous Lee said...

    I can't even begin to express to you how sorry I am for your current situation. I am so ashamed of my country and what it has done to your country.

    You and your family and all the peace-seeking people of Iraq deserve so much better than what you currently have.

    I've been computerless for a couple of months, but there hasn't been a day I haven't thought of you. Your blog is the first thing I did once my computer came back up this afternoon. I was so happy to see a recent posting and to know your family is taking steps (however bittersweet) to be safe.

    Elsa (the cat in the window [a sign of good luck]) and I wish you and your family a safe trip to a safer place.

    May you some day be able to return to Baghdad Forever. In the meantime, keep blogging!

     
  • At 4:09 PM , Anonymous nayry said...

    dear raghda
    i'm just in your age,and i were going to be very proud if you were my friend,because you are a very special girl and unic,so don't let this life take you down,and keep blogging...i did my exams too after a month already and i wish to you good results as i did to all my friends...and for me...with love nayry.

     
  • At 7:53 AM , Anonymous Eric said...

    Raghda-

    I have heard that all the cats in UAE smiled when they learned that you are moving there! Good luck on your move and write soon about your new peaceful life!

     
  • At 7:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi habibty, I'm happy you're leaving Iraq for a safer country. You know why? I'm Palestinian but I live in the U.S.. I miss my country dearly but my life is more valuable than my land. And your life is more valuable than your land. When Palestine is safe again I'll go home and when Iraq is safe again, you and your family will go home. Allah is just testing us, when you go back to Iraq again it will feel so much better.
    Allah ma3ik.
    Sincerely,
    Mohamad

     
  • At 7:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi habibty, I'm happy you're leaving Iraq for a safer country. You know why? I'm Palestinian but I live in the U.S.. I miss my country dearly but my life is more valuable than my land. And your life is more valuable than your land. When Palestine is safe again I'll go home and when Iraq is safe again, you and your family will go home. Allah is just testing us, when you go back to Iraq again it will feel so much better.
    Allah ma3ik.
    Sincerely,
    Mohamad

     
  • At 5:53 PM , Anonymous Logan said...

    COOL

     
  • At 5:59 PM , Anonymous Logan said...

    I love cats too
    oh and i am sorry about iraq
    please email me i emailed you

     
  • At 4:42 PM , Blogger The Silencer said...

    This war is sickening... If I could stop it tomorow I would... It's about time we had some harmony in this god damn world of ours! Damn the US and UK for thier atrocities.. Im ashamed to be a citizen of one of those countries =[
    I wish everyone could read this blog so that they could see an everyday persons account of what life is like for an innocent person in the place only ever mentioned on biast news chanels. I for one think you're very brave! If only people knew what life was truly like in Iraq for the innocent people and the ones that have to suffer becasue of this senseless war =[

    Keep your head High! I for one am glad your out of there... but it's not fair that people have to leave thier homes, family, friends.. pets or any of that behind =[

    UK, US... you suck.. how can you be my home =[ I am so ashamed

     
  • At 10:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Baghdad Girl, I am so sorry for all the pain and suffereing the UK has put upon the Iraqi people. If it was not for us, I cant help but think that you would not have to move from your beloved country - so I am truly sorry for ruining your life, even though I am not of voting age and unfortunatly had no say in the war, i believe it is one of the worst crimes against humanity which us as a nation could commit. My thoughts are with you wherever you are,
    Yours
    DS

     

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