I’m sure you all know Lubna in Baghdad. She is one of our most loyal contributors on World Have Your Say. Today she sent me a message to say that she narrowly missed two roadside bombs and that she had cheated death twice. Here is her message.
I saw death with my own eyes twice today.
Today I was supposed to have my big obstetrics exam. The majority of the main roads in Baghdad are blocked since yesterday because of the visit of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Baghdad.
Early in the morning today at about 6:45 Am my driver came to my house to pick me up to college, my two girlfriends were in the car (It’s extremely unsafe for Baghdadi girls to use the public transport to move around in Baghdad, so I and 3 of my best girlfriends have hired a private driver inorder to pick us to college).
As we got closer to the district in which my college lies, a roadside bomb has exploded at a close distance ahead of us. So we all decided to go back home. On our way back home, another roadside bomb has exploded also at a close distance behind us. I saw the other car flying in the air.
My heart is still trembling till now. I’m thinking of those innocent people who were in the car that flied in the air. Our car stepped on the bomb, and it didn’t explode, the other car was behind us, it stepped on the bomb, and flied in the air, and those innocent people were in it.
So in the end we got back home. And We missed our obsestrics exam. And that’s a very ordinary day of our ordinary daily Baghdadi life.
Our Iraqi government and the International community are asking us to go on with our daily lives in a way which is as close to normal as possible inspite of the hidden death in every street of Baghdad, and this is not acceptable at all. All Iraqis must go on a continuous peaceful generalised strike until all our political leaders, the US occupation forces, and the whole International community get together and do something to end this tragedy.
Do you think that Iraqis are alive ?! No my good friends, Iraqis are experiencing SLOW DEATH on a daily basis. And this has to stop. Enough is Enough.
With my love.
Yours forever, Lubna.