Monday, February 05, 2007

Where Weddings are No More

My cousin in law is the fourth of four sisters, the last one left at home in Adhamiya after her other sisters have left Baghdad- two for Syria, one in Mosul. Hiba has been engaged now for about six months to a man from Mosul. Yesterday on the phone with my grandmother in law, I found out that Hiba's fiancee is coming next week to take her to her new home, with no wedding party to celebrate their marriage.
Adhamiya has become too dangerous for any type of celebration to occur, too dangerous for cousins to visit cousins and aunts to visit nieces and celebrate with them. With rockets and mortars raining down on them daily, all Hiba can hope for is to leave her father's home in one piece. Perhaps then she can celebrate her marriage in Mosul with her in-laws. Without her sisters, her parents or dear grandmother.


Anonymous said...

What else can one say, but how sad that even the most celebrated of all occasions cannot be commemorated.

Magda said...

Yes it is sad that there will be no celebration, but there is also hope in carrying on living, meeting, loving and marying. I had no wedding as a statement in 1991 it seemed inapproriate at the time, but we have worked hard together and created a better life for us and many others together, good luck to Hiba and all the best for the new family.