Archive - ago 11, 2008

Date

IRAQ UPDATE: 18-31 July 2008

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Wednesday, 23 July

The team spent a second day in the Rania-Zharawa area. Anita Davis and Gish met with a group of about twelve children (ages five-eighteen), who talked about the difficulties of living in the IDP camp and said they wanted the bombing to stop so they could return to their villages. After they each drew a picture of what they saw during the bombing of their village, most of them described their pictures and talked about their fears (see 5 August CPTnet release, "Through the children’s eyes," http://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2008/08/05/iraq-through-children039s-eyes). During the visit, a twenty-year-old woman, Gulala, who had lost her arm two years ago when her six-year-old brother accidentally shot her, joined the group.  She said, "Our hope is in returning to our village. There is no life here."