Iraq Kids

This Blog's purpose is to inform and dialog about conditions facing orphan, fatherless, homeless or abandoned street children in Iraq. Another concern addressed on Iraq Kids is the condition of schools in Iraq, primarily rural schools that have been largely ignored during re-building.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Building a bridge

This post was written by my dear friend Khalid, who was murdered Tuesday by ignorant cowards who ambushed him outside his house. He never finished this posting but since it shows the kind of man he was I decided to publish it for him. Is there hope for Iraq, the people and children? Their hope lies in destroying the cancerous creatures of hate who will kill Muslims, children or anyone else who stands in their way as they try to satisfy their lust for power by dominating of the people of Iraq. Khalid is gone but never forgotten by me. I miss you brother...
I remember the first time I met David McCorkle, at CMOC were my work is.
Before that I there was an idea in my mind; founding an Iraqi-American friendship group that works in educate people, open a dialogue between the two countries, my idea came when a notice that the American soldiers they know nothing about the Iraqi and the Islamic cultures
except a few ideas which's wrong in mostly and the same thing for the Iraqis, they only know America from Hollywood movies (violence, crime, gangs, drugs, sex and pron)!!!.
Before the war I used to see the kids working in streets, I always thinked about how they works and they still to young for that, I always asked myself "what will happen if one of them become the Iraqi president?, what is the common thing between them and Saddam? the answer was: uneducated" and I thanked Allah for blessing me and I was able to finish my school.
So me and McCorkle set and talk for nearly two hours, I liked his idea and he asked me to join his efforts, so I joined and in mind a big dreams even more from McCorkle's hemself
KRM

15 Comments:

  • At 12:16 AM, Blogger Aunt Najma said…

    I'm really sorry, he seemed like a nice, educated guy..
    I'll remember to pray for him today..
    Tell his family my regards.

     
  • At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is an e-mail I received from Khalid on July 31, which I very regretfully had not yet replied to. Khalid and I had exchanged mail about a article I was considering writing about the children of AA-CNI and the current school system in Iraq. This is what he said:

    Dear Suzanne,

    Yes I agree with you that changes require some time but the problem is "what to change? and who will change?" We are talking here on a very sensitive issue.

    The schools right now is much different from the schools of my time, I'm talking here about 25 years ago... the atmosphere was different,the teachers were different and the kids were much active. I remember that I was just dreaming to grow up and go to the college! But it took time to realize that what was in my dreams does not match the reality!

    So I think you can imagine the current situation and the worst problem is the teachers themselves! most of them are Ba'athist and now it's from their interests to spread the chaos!

    And there is now what seems like a plan to kill all the good teachers and make them leave Iraq, whos behind it, I don't know.

    I'll try to give the how many kids in schools in Mosul and this my aunt email she's a teacher in Mosul University ----------- she might be able to help more since shes in touch with many problems.


    Yours,
    Khalid Mallah

    Khalid leaves us all behind in a more desperate world, where the technology and wealth accumulated by first world countries like the United States has done nothing to improve the plight of our neighbors in third world countries. He is with his creator in the heaven that he deserves, that none of us will find here on this Earth until we choose to face disagreements with a force that does not include violence. Because violence solves nothing.

    Suzanne LeGette
    August 19, 2004
    Folsom, CA

     
  • At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You will never die
    This post is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Khalid god bless his soul,
    Khalid was a very smart, ambitious and had a very beautiful talent that I don't think a lot of people in Iraq has it. He was one of the most talented artistes I have met in my life and he simply want to do something better, he had big dreams and he could see things that no one else can, I'll sure never forget all the good times we had together, all the good laughs and all the trips we had with our beautiful courage friends of the US army, a very brave and good men and women, those people I'll never forget as lone as I'm alive, they gave me some real beautiful memories to tell my children and my grand children in the future. I cried, I didn't drop any tears but I cried inside me for a long time. It's really painful, it hurts, it hurts a lot. I'v never really experienced something like this before, the lost of a close friend, and there is nothing in the world can make me feel better about this matter, nothing.
    My dear friend Khalid though you are no longer among us but I know that you can hear me, so I'm telling you my friend I'll never ever forget you and you shall always be in my mind as will as my heart and I also want you to hear me my brother I will go to the states for you, I know you couldn't do it and I know that that was your dream but I'm telling you I'll do it for you. Rest in peace.
    I also want to say something to our dear American friends from the US army and I know that Khalid felt exactly the same way about them, my dear friends I pray to god that you all have the greatest live ever for you are wonderful persons, I want you to know that the past year was the best year in my life and I'm sure in Khalid's. it was a dream came true, you guys gave us much more than just a job or a salary, you gave us something real precious and that is your friendship next to all the beautiful times we spend with you.
    from Khalid and from me I say to all of you THANK YOU.

     
  • At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You will never die
    This post is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Khalid god bless his soul,
    Khalid was a very smart, ambitious and had a very beautiful talent that I don't think a lot of people in Iraq has it. He was one of the most talented artistes I have met in my life and he simply want to do something better, he had big dreams and he could see things that no one else can, I'll sure never forget all the good times we had together, all the good laughs and all the trips we had with our beautiful courage friends of the US army, a very brave and good men and women, those people I'll never forget as lone as I'm alive, they gave me some real beautiful memories to tell my children and my grand children in the future. I cried, I didn't drop any tears but I cried inside me for a long time. It's really painful, it hurts, it hurts a lot. I'v never really experienced something like this before, the lost of a close friend, and there is nothing in the world can make me feel better about this matter, nothing.
    My dear friend Khalid though you are no longer among us but I know that you can hear me, so I'm telling you my friend I'll never ever forget you and you shall always be in my mind as will as my heart and I also want you to hear me my brother I will go to the states for you, I know you couldn't do it and I know that that was your dream but I'm telling you I'll do it for you. Rest in peace.
    I also want to say something to our dear American friends from the US army and I know that Khalid felt exactly the same way about them, my dear friends I pray to god that you all have the greatest live ever for you are wonderful persons, I want you to know that the past year was the best year in my life and I'm sure in Khalid's. it was a dream came true, you guys gave us much more than just a job or a salary, you gave us something real precious and that is your friendship next to all the beautiful times we spend with you.
    from Khalid and from me I say to all of you THANK YOU.

    Posted by Abraham .J

     
  • At 4:09 AM, Blogger H.N.K said…

    ok, I have a problem, I can't see the image you posted it in your blog, and I am realy want to see your photo.

     
  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger craigmahlke said…

    To my dear friend Khalid.

    I still see you, walking toward me with that tall, lanky frame. Shoulders slightly hunched, the ever-present smile spreading across your face, and in your eyes, those dreams you so carefully nurtured. Khalid, your memory will never fade.

    We sit and smoke outside Saddam’s Palace, and you’re telling me your latest idea. You’re getting excited as you describe your dream. Feet shuffling, two-stepping around me, your animated hands fly about your face like two sparrows trying to escape. Finally, with a sigh, you declare: “I just want the Americans and the Iraqis to understand each other.” Khalid, your memory will never fade.

    Working late into the night, the others have gone home; we sit in front of your computer. You’re not satisfied with your latest creation. “It has to be perfect,” you say and continue clicking the mouse. Images move about the screen, colors change. You squint and look closer, run your hands through your hair and smile. “There. Now it is ready,” you proclaim. We walk to the gate together; it is too late for you to be out on the street. With a shrug of your shoulders, and a flash of your smile, “En shala, I will see you tomorrow.” You go anyways. Khalid, your memory will never fade.

    Khalid the Dreamer; Khalid the Artist; Khalid the friend; Khalid the brave soldier for the new Iraq. Your vision, your courage, and your heart inspired everyone around you. Khalid, you made me want to be a better person. Khalid, my Iraqi brother, your memory will never fade.

     
  • At 9:43 PM, Blogger moedee said…

    I'm so sorry for your loss and the loss to all of us in the death of such a well-loved man. Even though I don't know any of you, my eyes are filled with tears as the suffering continues. Light to your path.

     
  • At 7:44 PM, Anonymous phil said…

    I have seen the same dream. we will make the dream come back to life. I know what to change and how to change it.

    I have lost many friends there as well. I feel the pain.

     
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  • At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.

     
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  • At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Shara said…

    Iraq will come through this as long as they stay strong, I was there last year, I set the argos sat nav system and drove around, for the most part it is not as bad as you may think, it is just that small monority that are willing to kill anyone who does think like them.

     
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