Monday, October 22, 2007

Can't. Stop. Living like a refugee

By Libby

Reading Riverbend often makes me cry a little for what we all have lost in the last six years.

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Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

I have been following Riverbend for several years and often think of this gifted and articulate young woman, her family, and how they were surviving their ordeal. For those unfamiliar with Riverbend (Baghdad Burning), it is a deeply personal, brooding diary of events that have transpired since the American occupation. Once a computer programmer who enjoyed considerable personal freedom, the American occupation left her unemployed and largely restricted to the safety of her family's home. In April 2007, she and her family were preparing to leave Iraq:

It's difficult to decide which is more frightening - car bombs and militias, or having to leave everything you know and love, to some unspecified place for a future where nothing is certain.

Last month, she wrote:

I said goodbye to my desk - the one I’d used all through high school and college. I said goodbye to the curtains and the bed and the couch. I said goodbye to the armchair E. and I broke when we were younger. I said goodbye to the big table over which we’d gathered for meals and to do homework. I said goodbye to the ghosts of the framed pictures that once hung on the walls … I knew then as I know now that these were all just items - people are so much more important. Still, a house is like a museum in that it tells a certain history. You look at a cup or stuffed toy and a chapter of memories opens up before your very eyes.

Heartbreaking! I understand her blog may be turned into a book.

6:48:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I've been reading her off and on for a long time too Eco. She is indeed a gifted writer and her blog would make a terrific book.

6:58:00 PM  
Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

Shame and guilt is what I feel as an American for perpetrating this abomination on those people. I wish there more we could do ... perhaps hold Reid and Pelosi's feet to fire until they stand up to the bogus POTUS, as they promised to do.

7:08:00 PM  

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