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.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Mosul sky, taken by Khalid. You will never be forgotten my friend. Your spirit is free. Thank you for being my friend.  Posted by Hello

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  • At 7:29 AM, Blogger Ken Perkowski said…

    Tuesday, August 24, 2004
    Dear Khalid
    My name is Ken Perkowski, I have never done one of these and can't help but feel kind of lost right now. I felt compelled to do this though because of the lose of our dear friend Khalid. We spent the better part of a year with Khalid, working to try to make Iraq a better and safer place to live.

    I was saddened terribly when I heard the news of his death. It is truly a cowardice act to kill a man like Khalid. How deep does this hate run for someone to take the life of such a friendly, caring, fun and giving young man? Khalid would never have harmed anyone, he truly just wanted to help change Iraq. Khalid was an educated man, he knew and recognized the potential that Iraq has with its abundant natural resources. Iraq could be a wonderful country, rich and prosperous, her people wouldn't have to starve, live in shambles, beg on the street corners. They wouldn't have to live with open sewer systems and live in filth but the ignorant people only know one way of living and to stop the growth, they kill people like Khalid.

    Khalids death is a reminder of the work we still have in front of us, not as Muslims or Christians, Iraqis or Americans but as humans trying to make our world a better and safer place to live. I can assure you, Khalid will be a friend whom I will never forget, for the rest my life. He and I worked together often, I remember taking Khalid shopping, he acted as our interpreter and tried to find us the best deals. One time he needed a new computer, the one he had he said was fine, but the one he wanted that he could really do good work with was way too expensive. I asked him how much more and laughed when he told me because it was not a lot of money, Khalid was just being Khalid. He didn't want us to spend a bunch of money, he was actually being "cost conscious" with OUR money...lol.

    I loved the way he would talk slowly, then speed up real fast, then slow down. It was funny talking with him. It was a lot of fun working with him, he was a wonderful man, and I don't believe if anyone in Iraq, other then those who worked with him, realize what a lose this is. Khalids potential, and his potential for what he could have helped Mosul become, will never be realized. Only those of us who worked with him everyday will know and understand the loss.

    I prayed for Khalid, his family, friends and all the people of Iraq. Maybe one day, Khalids dreams of a peaceful Iraq will come true. For now, we must just keep Khalid close in our hearts, and never forget those wonderful memories of our dear departed brother. We will miss you my dear friend...Your loving Brother...Ken

    posted by Ken Perkowski at 6:16 AM

     
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