Tuesday, October 11, 2011

IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq (new book)

"I don't put my real name on this blog because I am not allowed to have a free opinion in this life.  I can't tell the truth until I am sure that no one knows who I am." 

"In front of my aunt's house a booby-tapped car exploded last week.  All the doors and all the windows and most of the walls crashed in...most of my family went to the hospital and they are OK now.  NOBODY DIED and that is something we are grateful for."

IraqiGirl Collects the blog posts of a teenage girl in Mosul, Iraq from 2004 to 2007. She is identified only by the pseudonym "Hadiya".  She writes about explosions and about tests in school, giving the reader a glimpse into the daily reality of her life in occupied Iraq.

“Despite all the news coverage about the war in Iraq, very little is reported about how it affects the daily lives of ordinary citizens. A highschooler in the city of Mosul fills in the gap with this compilation of her blog posts about living under U.S. occupation. She writes in English because she wants to reach Americans, and in stark specifics, she records the terrifying dangers of car bombs on her street and American warplanes overhead, as well as her everyday struggles to concentrate on homework when there is no water and electricity at home. Her tone is balanced: she does not hate Americans, and although she never supported Saddam Hussein, she wonders why he was executed... Readers will appreciate the details about family, friends, school, and reading Harry Potter, as well as the  ever-present big issues for which there are no simple answers."
—Hazel Rochman, Booklist

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