Baghdad Girl

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Growing up in war

Living in war is the hardest thing in the world because you'll see the place you have lived in for your whole life is being destroyed completely and all the people you love are getting hurt, growing up in war is very hard, all the things you used to do is impossible to do now including going out that's because it is very dangerous to go any where so you have to stay home all the time and even home isn't safe, for me the most thing I missed was going out and visit my relatives and friends, when school starts my life become like this: Waking up at 6:30 am and get ready to go to school and then I leave the house at 7:45 am and back to it at 2:00 pm, I have lunch and start studying till I finish the piles of homework and then watch TV till 10:00 pm when I go to sleep and wake up at 6:30 am to relive the same events every day, and when the situation become really bad like it it is now in Iraq, you do the only thing you can do to get your life back which is leaving the country, and that's what I done, I still and will all ways feel like there is some thing missing in me, and that’s my friends is growing up in war.

Raghda

46 Comments:

  • At 9:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am so sorry that you had such a hard life Raghda...

     
  • At 2:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    We're glad that you left and hope things are much better and much safer in the UAE. Your cat photos are excellent. We will look for more. Good luck!

     
  • At 4:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dearest Raghda,

    Allah bless you all for sustaining such an abominable crime to humanity, while the whole world is a selfish spectator.

    Home to civilization from Hamurabi to the
    gardens of Babel, paradise of the thousand and one nights !

    No words can express or describe this endless genocide that is committed against the Iraqi people.

    Human beings of all confessions and descent slaughtered for decades now, while billions sit there professing and sending messages of encouragement !

    May humanity awake and say stop this crime, in this month of peace and redemption !

    I admire your courage Raghda and that of your beloved may the day come where Iraq will know a "day" of peace !

     
  • At 7:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm so glad you're out of Iraq. Pray you'll soon be able to return.
    starliz

     
  • At 11:12 AM , Anonymous Dick said...

    I'm so glad that you have escaped the war, Raghda, and sad that your friends are still there.

    Are you still enjoying life in the UAE?

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

    Dear Raghda,

    When I was your age, the biggest thing that I had to worry about was making good grades in school. I have never known a time when I felt afraid for my life or the lives of my family and friends, as you have known. I am glad that you are safe, but I know that you are worried for your friends and relatives who have remained in Iraq. Growing up in war is a terrible thing and I am sorry for all children in Iraq that they have known this experience. I send you my best wishes for a Happy Ramadan for you and your family.

     
  • At 5:37 PM , Anonymous amanda said...

    This was probably the most honest blog entry I've ever read. Somedays when life is hard, distractions are very important. . . even posting one picture or visiting a mall can make life seem more tolerable for a few hours. I'm glad you keep posting, despite being away from the country you love.

     
  • At 1:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Raghda, I feel very ashamed of what my country has done to your country. Although it is not enough, please accept my apology. It is all I have to offer.

    You are brave, very, very brave.

     
  • At 2:42 AM , Blogger Zeyad said...

    Raghoda, I'm very relieved that you're not in Baghdad now, even though I'm sad you had to leave home like this.

    My best regards to your family. Take care and keep blogging.

    Zeyad

     
  • At 12:09 PM , Blogger BJFORD3 said...

    Maybe Iraq was better for you before the "war", but it sounds as if it was a bad place for a lot of people. I don't know why the Shia and Sunni are killing each other. Aren't there any non-violent Muslims that can stop them? Maybe they just don't understand freedom and democracy yet.

     
  • At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

     
  • At 7:29 AM , Blogger BJFORD3 said...

    I'm not going to talk politics, because that isn't what this site is about. I was NOT the one to post a comment about "genocide", "crime", "Allah", and "slaughter". I merely responded to it. I never said people "enjoy" killing each other. I just said it's happening. It's pretty hard to "save" people and "rebuild" and "secure" and "restore" in a place that has killed nearly 3,000 troops and about 700 contractors. How many more people do you think should die for it to be worth it? Sorry, Raghda, I will not be posting to your site anymore. I wish you the best, but there is too much propaganda and indoctination from some of the comments...

     
  • At 3:40 PM , Anonymous missiris said...

    Dear Raghda--You are not responsible for anonymous comments like those that upset BJFORD3 who has been a faithful responder for so long, but it is hard for readers to be attacked when we are trying to extend good will to you and your family. It is clear that as soon as you moved to the UAE, you have fallen under the rage of your older relatives--some of whose blogs I have also read. Perhaps good will is too cheaply offered and you would like Americans to depose our President and withdraw from Iraq--surely you must understand this can't be done on an individual basis--just as your countrymen could not remove Saddam. Please go back to your original plan of showing beautiful photos of cats, and demand that political correspondents identify themselves.

     
  • At 1:00 AM , Blogger Raghda Zaid said...

    Bjford3,
    I have been reading your comments for so long, and every time I see one I read it gladly, so please if any comment bothers you just ignore it, I will be really sad if you didn’t write me a comment again..
    missiris,
    I really don't understand the reason for your upset, I just posted some part of my life as I always did, and I didn’t said any thing about Americans depose your President I didn’t even mention the word America, and just for you to know my older relatives didn’t asked me to write any thing in my blog..
    Every one,
    Thanks for your beautiful comments.

     
  • At 5:36 AM , Blogger BJFORD3 said...

    I will post again, Raghda, because I don't want you to be sad. You are a wonderful person. You don't judge and condemn, you are always able to see something beautiful in the world. You remember what's important: life, the cats, being able to forgive, and having faith to know that no matter how uncomfortable the uncertainty of events may make us, there is a meaning for it. I sincerely care about you and your life, and am happy to see that you are doing well, although I continue to worry because you're such a young person. You've had to learn very early on that life can be hard in so many ways, and can really knock you around, but you are strong and able to learn from it. You've helped us all by sharing your ability to do that. Thank you.

     
  • At 11:58 AM , Blogger BJFORD3 said...

    Please remember Raghda: this is YOUR blog for YOU to express yourself. It is important that you continue to feel free to do so. It is one of the qualities that makes you special to us. Please don't feel under any pressure to censor your own comments. Don't let other people use you to advance their own agenda. You deserve better than that. Every country has experienced times of struggle and violence, sometimes physical, sometimes moral. Currently I feel fortunate to live in a place where I can criticize my government without worrying about disappearing or being shot. I wish everyone could live like that one day. By the way, you have NEVER said anything that has offended me. And you should not worry about that. This is YOUR site! If you feel as if you ever do want to say something about a leader or a country, maybe you should. I completely respect your feelings. You are entitled to them. You also inspire me because you value LEARNING. I wish everyone did. We all have a lot to learn. The more we learn, the more we will understand. The world needs more understanding. I work in a pet shop 3 to 5 days a week now. There are all kinds of kittens (and birds, and fish, and rodents, and reptiles...). I think about how much you would love it! It is exciting to see them grow and find nice homes. Stay well. Many people think fondly of you and are waiting for peace to come. It will. Really.

     
  • At 7:14 PM , Blogger jarvenpa said...

    It is true that we are fond of you, and worry about you, and check your blog...not only for your pictures of cats, but for word that you are okay.

    It is nothing at all like what you and your family go through, but my family has been worried by a bear recently. (Are there bears in Iraq? I don't think so, but I am ignorant). He has gone on, over the mountains. We live in the woods in a little cabin, and the bear broke some of the walls. We will repair it, and I know the bear was just looking for something nice to eat and having fun.
    May you live a long life, and may peace finally come to this world of ours.

     
  • At 9:16 PM , Anonymous missiris said...

    Darling Raghda--My comments were not about you, but about the other anonymous responder who spoke of genocide and attempted to take over your website to incite anger. I am glad to see that BJFord3 has resumed posting, and I am sorry you misunderstood my message. Many people like you so much and I am one of them. I do not wish to cause you pain. And you are right that you can not control the behavior of these commentators, so it is best to ignore them. Stay real and sweet.

     
  • At 1:42 PM , Blogger Solomon2 said...

    For Iraqis and Afghans: An Erev Yom Kippur Story

     
  • At 5:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh Raghda,

    You have gone through so much. I'm always glad to get an update from you, whether it is just a cat picture or if you are telling a bit about what all is going on. I keep you continually in my prayers.

    Julie - http://julie.marzhillstudios.com

     
  • At 1:57 AM , Blogger Hayder Touran said...

    1 went 21.999.999 to go......
    yes you left
    all my best friends left ....
    my family want to leace to...
    but i will...whatever i will stay

     
  • At 4:29 AM , Anonymous Craig Horizon said...

    No one wants to grow up in war and it must be very difficult. The battleground is not a solution for any armed conflict. Talking is the only way to get peace.

     
  • At 12:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Baghdad Girl,

    It is so nice to hear you console and even rebuke the adults that write to you, you bring tears to my eyes. You are so gracious and sweet. Thank you.

    -Jim-

     
  • At 5:07 PM , Blogger bookroller said...

    Raghda, Thank you for continuing your blog, and I wish you and all your family a Happy Ramadan, and pray for an end to the war, and your return to your beloved Iraq.

     
  • At 2:16 PM , Blogger @ said...

    god bless you girl. You write very well....

     
  • At 3:48 PM , Anonymous krk said...

    thanks for all the kittens

    what you are doing is incredible, and this site means a lot to me and a lot of people

     
  • At 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Despite what you have lived through try to hang onto the kittens and rainbows.

    I'd like to say that most Americans want an end to this madness and we do wish you well.

     
  • At 12:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Raghda,
    i check in on your blog from time to time and appreciate your honesty. i love the kittens. reminds me of how simple life can be, in a world that is anything but.
    thank you for your writing. we all need it. best of luck to you in UAE. i'm glad to know you're safe.

    a friend sent me a picture in passing, and I knew immediately who I had to pass it onto.....enjoy!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wesaturtle/263131459/

    cheers

     
  • At 11:19 AM , Anonymous Lindsay Lohan said...

    fdhf

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

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  • At 11:22 AM , Anonymous Cat said...

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  • At 11:59 AM , Anonymous Cruise said...

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  • At 5:52 PM , Blogger Alipurr said...

    I came here the first time to look at the pretty kitten pictures, which I love. Reading your story breaks my heart, too. I am glad you are sharing the truth of your life. You are strong and brave, and I appreciate your courage to share things that have happened to you.

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

    Raghda, I just wanted to comment about your thoughts on this thread.

    Remember what I said to you before.

    You are strong; life is hard; cultivate that which is beautiful and makes you truely happy.

    The beauty you cultivate and grown will spread--stronger than any bomb or hate or ignorance.

    You are the best, and now you have many friends around the world (who will greet you as family should you ever wish to travel).

     
  • At 9:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amigos en el mundo
    (friends to world)

    Sí son muchos, incluyendo a este amigo que te escribe desde Chile y que es nieto de Exiliados de la la dictadura de Pinochet.... Podrá pasar mucho timepo o poco , pero ya verás como regresas a visitar y/o habitar tus ciudades.

    como decimos en chile: "no hay mal que dure cien años ni tonto que lo aguante"

    Saludos desde Antofagasta, Chile.

    alberto monreal

     
  • At 11:31 AM , Anonymous Friend said...

    I can see the tears sprinkling from your sad words, that really affected me and made my tears drown my eyes. I hope you allways be happy and find the happyness where ever you go and i wish that all your friends in Iraq be safe&happy and only missing you. Let your beautifull smile comes over your tears and add the joy to your shiny eyes.

    with my best wishes

     
  • At 11:04 AM , Anonymous tcdrtw said...

    Thank you for posting this. I love cats, too, but I think people need to hear your story, too. :) When Americans learn that there are people just like them in countries our leaders mercilessly attack, perhaps they will ask more questions and change the course of events.

     
  • At 1:49 PM , Anonymous Phillis said...

    i am really sorry to hear that!!!!!!! i feel so bad.. I'm about to have a hot supper after a great day at a school i love(except that i lost my math notebook, and my computer gadget!:))
    well wishes, Phillis

     
  • At 12:38 PM , Blogger - said...

    Hi Bagdad girl.

    I am sorry about what has happened to you. Inshallah things will get better soon. Just remeber the whole world stands with you.

    Salaam

     
  • At 6:23 PM , Blogger the.cog said...

    ah its unbelievable, that humanity, not one, not 10, not a thousand, but millions can KNOW that what is happening is wrong, and yet still go about their days as if nothing is happening, what has happened to our BASIC service to humanity? forget the politics, forget the oil, the religion, the race, the sectarian differences, the money...think about the HUMANITY, people, kids, pure innocent beings being slaughtered for someone's greed, and yet we wake up in the morning, go to work, eat , sleep, party, as if the show goes on....the show has to stop, stand up and be counted.
    cheers.
    cog

     
  • At 6:45 PM , Blogger Lisa Scerbo said...

    Dear Raghda,
    My mother grew up in a violent place and had to leave the home she loved when she was a girl of six. She was sad and confused when she moved to America. Sad because she missed her homeland and confused by the violence and hatred. Her life changed though in America and it got better for her. I know life will get better for you too. You have a family full of love for you. The country where my mother was born, Germany is no longer filled with violence and hatred. Some day Iraq too will know peace. Keep blogging.
    I always like to read what you write
    and I love the cats. Keep studying hard and get good grades. I know you're an intelligent girl and you have much to give.

     
  • At 3:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    there is somthig wrong going on this blog no one of you can understand the sufering of iraqies now not american citizenes nor raghda sorry raghda but you escaped iraq because of good luck and im happy for u and evry iraqi that escaped the hell in iraq including me i escaped lately but i did it.......... the iraqies who are staying in iraq cant go anywhere now as you know uae now dont accept iraqies as well as other cuntries only syria alowed iraqis to enter and not all of iraqies
    if anyone says that america came to iraq just for the liberty and human rights please think agian america dont give us the right to be refugies in america so please if anyone wants to talk about iraq as an entertianment he must thing and ask iraqeis about whats realy going on before he say a word
    you are blaming us for the killing in iraq ever nation have thier criminals so just imagein how america would be if iraqies came to america and released all your crimenals
    and if europe gave them enormus mony and weapons to kill americans
    imagein that and you will understand what is happening in iraq
    sory for being very honest
    but america did all the killing
    and evry one knows how started al qaaeda and who bult it please think well befor you take a pateriot atitude


    ok


    nawras akkam

     
  • At 6:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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  • At 12:21 PM , Blogger Jean said...

    Dear Raghda,

    No new posts since Sept. 2006? I hope you are all right and haven't given up on this blog. Whenever you can, please, let us know you're still OK, and let us see another of your cute kitties.

    Trying to leave politics aside when I come here is terribly difficult, but I'm gonna try. What I want to say is, I would hope that, if my kids had to live through a war during THEIR childhood, they would have the generous nature to make something beautiful like this and share it with the world. I will never forget your blog; it is a great gift.

    Thank you - and may Allah bless you always,
    Jean in the U.S.

     
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  • At 5:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Raghda stay strong people ARE out there praying for you I know I am. Its crazy you're younger than me but i can never have your strength. I've been reading your blog and you inspire me to be a better and stronger person and would like to thank you for that

    Ty

    P.S Keep your head up and pray
    cuz Prayer solves everything

     

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