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April 14, 2007

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Aseel

I live in Baghdad too; the water problem is touching every human been in the city, one of many other symptoms of paralyzed life.
I have to mention that when using the pump directly on the pipes, the water will be mixed with dirty sewage because of the cracks in these old pipes, so please be aware of this serious effect on health.

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Heather Ann

Just wanted to let you know that I your blog inspired me to write a poem and it is linked back to this blog. You can read it at: http://gehmflor.blogspot.com/2007/05/just-go-on-living.html But it really does not come close to capturing the reality! Thank you for sharing!

ljm

Thank Allah for that generator at your house, Laith. I'm so glad you still have your sense of humor. That bit of news about painting the pavement made me laugh out loud. When I was in Armenia in 1992, we had the same problem with water not running without the electricity being on and we always had to keep buckets filled with water for this and that. Electricity always ran for 2 hours a day, so I can't imagine going 7 days without water. It doesn't seem you have a government now. You have something that resembles anarchy. Here they call it a civil war over there. Whatever you call it, be safe with your family and thanks for being such a good neighbor to all those around you with the water. For them you are an angel!

Laura

With Bush/Cheney/Rice/Wolfowitz/Feith/Blair/and other ne'er-do-wells holding the dictionary, the only definitions we'll ever get will be corrupted ones. Your entry made me think of this passage from Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities (the following is a quote):

He said: "It is all useless, if the last landing place can only be the infernal city, and it is there, in ever-narrowing circles, the current is drawing us."

And Polo said: "The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno we live everyday, that we form by being together. The first is easy for many: to accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.

May you and your family and your country endure Laith, for I know surely, that you are not of the inferno.

Laura

Laura

With Bush/Cheney/Rice/Wolfowitz/Feith/Blair/and other ne'er-do-wells holding the dictionary, the only definitions we'll ever get will be corrupted ones. Your entry made me think of this passage from Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities (the following is a quote):

He said: "It is all useless, if the last landing place can only be the infernal city, and it is there, in ever-narrowing circles, the current is drawing us."

And Polo said: "The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno we live everyday, that we form by being together. The first is easy for many: to accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.

May you and your family and your country endure Laith, for I know surely, that you are not of the inferno.

Laura

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