Saturday, August 19, 2006

Another Curfew... Another Inconvenience

Baghdad is mourning the anniversary of the death of a thousand Shiite pilgrims who drowned last year after a stampede occurred on the bridge they were marching on, on their way to Kadhimiya. May God have mercy on their souls.
Baghdad's Shiites are also remembering the death of Imam Musa Al Kadhim today. What bothers me about all this, is the need to shut down the capital for another couple of days, for the umpteenth time since the invasion in 2003. A car curfew has been imposed in the streets of Baghdad from Friday night through Monday morning. That means no work for most of the residents on Saturday and Sunday. That means being stuck at home, except for where you can get to on foot, for most residents. And for my cousin in law, that meant that he had to spend Friday night sleeping on the benches in Baghdad International Airport to catch his flight to Amman on Saturday. Just another inconvenience in the life of an average Baghdadi.

1 comment:

yelling_at_the_radio said...

It must be so frustrating. I saw on Huffington Post that many Iraqis feel it is too dangerous to attend their local Mosque and in addition you have these curfews. While many of my fellow Americans are oblivious to what is happening in Iraq, I wonder how they would feel if they could not attend their church because of curfews and lack of security.