Monthly Archives: January 2009

A Beautiful Day for Elections

It’s election day in Iraq and the day is beautiful and sunny Vehicle curfews are in effect in cities, airports are closed and borders are sealed. Polling stations are ringed with razor wire and under 24-hour police guard. All stations … Continue reading

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Iraq Elections

Today, January 30, Iraq’s international borders are closed, the airports are shut down and traffic across Baghdad has been halted. All in preparation for the elections that will take place tomorrow. 14,000 candidates are competing for 440 seats on provincial, … Continue reading

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Living in the Mouse Maze

The base where I live is huge and there are different compounds on it. I live in the B & B compound. Walking around the compound is like walking through a mouse maze with all the sandbags and high cement … Continue reading

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No Photos

I regret to inform you that due to security rules that I will not be able to post photos from my current location on my blog. However, I will post them from my R & R.

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Here in South Iraq

I arrived in South Iraq on January 26, I’m living in a compound for contractors on the military base. When I arrived at the airport in Basra I was surprised at how nice it was, but it was odd because … Continue reading

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Playing Santa

I had planned on being in Iraq for Christmas, but due to circumstances beyond my control I was not.  My job as PWD and Gender Program Manager went away due to a change in the grant.  Now I’m on my … Continue reading

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Rome Days IV and V

It’s been a long time since the state of my body bothered me, but all this walking and nightly pain has reminded me just how messed up my body is. I watch everyone around me get through the day with … Continue reading

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