The Eid finished yesterday and it was different a little bit this time. For the first time since four years, I have this quite nice feeling about the Eid. So, instead of drawing sad pictures from Iraqi daily life and since we used to these sad pictures to the extent that we consider them as a part of our daily life, I decided to make a kind of balance this time. I’ll reflect two pictures that attracted my attention during the two days off I had (Sunday and Monday).
The first picture is the crowded streets of Baghdad. It was really nice to see so many big number of families moving going to the parks, giving their kids a chance to run in the yards, to play soccer and even to fight in a funny way with each other. I don’t know how to explain it. Is it because these families felt bored of the bad ideas and fear that control them or because they decided to break this fear and fight these bad ideas. But, anyway, the result was so positive that I felt Baghdad streets are so happy with the steps of the children and their parents.
The second picture is related to the first one in one side only, the kids. Its really nice to see the kids playing in the streets but we miss our old peaceful games like soccer or marbles. Instead, I saw the kids specially the boys play with the fake guns. In each street, I saw a battle and kids shouting like” hey wait, I’m out of ammunition, let me refill my machinegun, its unfair to shoot me” or “my machinegun is bigger than yours and I have more bullets”.
OMG, some of them look like real guns because they are made with the same size and same details accept for being made of plastic and they don’t kill innocents. When I saw these kids playing with the fake guns, I felt happy because they at least could have some fun but I felt so sorry because its not the type of fun I wished for them. Such a violent game destroys their personality because it teaches them that the only way to deal with life is by violence.
I wished they play some games that can improve and increase the positives sides in their personalities like spirit of team when we used to play soccer. I blame both the government and the tradesmen who brought these games. I hope that the government issue more roles and criteria for importing the kids game especially in such a country that is already rich with violence.