From very, very reliable eyewitnesses :
- Al Amariya : Remember this name ? Remember the shelter where over 300 women and children were seeking refuge from the B52's bombs during "Desert Storm"?
For those of you with short memories , it is also referred to as Gulf I. A very smart missile carbonized to death and during their sleep, all those who sought shelter in Al Amariya.
For well over a week, Amariya has been encircled by American occupation forces, the puppet iraqi army and of course who else but the Badr/Sadr Iranian backed milita-death squads.
Um A. wakes up ever morning and sees two dead corpses lying at her front door. This has been going on for quite some time but not on a daily basis like this past week.
Her small grandchildren who live not too far away can no longer visit. They tripped over a couple of cadavers a few days ago and have been screaming hysterically with fear ever since.
One of her kids is married to a Shi'a. The spouse has been receiving death threats from the Iranian backed brigades. Was forced to move to another neighborhood, a shi'a one. The spouse is still pursued daily with death threats. The crime ? Married to a sunni. So is the spouse's mother as well all of the aunts and cousins. Go figure now ...
Umm A's other grown ups: One of her sons escaped to a neighboring country. His name was too sunni !
Her other kid is also married to a shi'a. Cannot visit her. Changed names more than once to remain in the predominantly shi'a neighborhood where he/she lives , to no avail. Packed their bags and left the country.
Her other child has diabetes. Wanted to make an appointment with her/his doctor. Too late- he has been murdered. He was a sunni. Now they have to make arrangements to drive 2 hours to visit another doctor who is willing to receive them.
Check this out, they need to get an authorization from the occupation forces first (remember they are in their own country!!!) in order to leave al Amaryia. Then they are met half way by other members of the family since no one dares to undertake that drive all the way for two hours. They relegate this poor patient from one car to another. She/he needs to change three drivers and cars before getting to the doctor. Hopefully this latter is still alive today, or so we wish.
Oh and I forgot to mention . Today around 33 men (could not get exact figure) were murdered in Al-Amaryia. The reason?
They fit the right age group : 17 - 35. By whom ? American occupation forces,Iraqi Army, and of course none other than the militias. But hey, that is only a detail right ?
Wait it gets more surreal...
- Al Baladiat : Another neighborhood populated by Palestinians.
M's family i.e his parents, siblings, nieces,nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins have all escaped. Reason ? Have a wild guess. They are Palestinians.Yep, the Iranian backed Death sqads of al Sadr and Co were at them.
The irony - part of his family sought political asylum in India and got it (thank you India!) because no other Arab country was willing to accept them. As for the other part, he is not quite sure where they are.
End of News Flash. Have a wonderful, wonderful evening !
P.S : Another detail. Um A. only found out about Saddam's assasination 8 hours later through a phone call. No electricity that day. Deliberate black out. Not that it really matters or so you think.
P.S.S: No Art work tonight , draw your own.