In this powerful collection of blogs from recent days, Iraqis react to the violence sweeping their nation. Here’s Meemo, a 19-year-old from Baghdad who’s getting out: “I leave Baghdad in two days…. I’m not going to see death anymore; I’m not going to hear car explosions again; I will come back to life again.”


Iraqi Rocker, or “Meemo” is a 19 year old man living in Baghdad.

Wednesday, December 13 2006: The Mehdi militia tried to take over our neighbourhood, but they couldn’t. I think they will try again later.

The other team that is trying to take over the neighbourhood is al-Qaeda.

They don’t attack in the same way as the Mehdi army; they are more bloody.

They use sidewalk bombs, they get inside people’s houses and kill everyone.

Both teams are killers, I don’t like either of them and I want them both to burn in hell.

Wednesday, December 20 2006:

Good Bye Blue Sky:

I leave Baghdad in two days. I’m going to Syria as a first step to the world.

I’m not going to see death anymore; I’m not going to hear car explosions again; I will come back to life again.

I’m not living dead anymore, I’ll be back to humanity in two days.

Goodbye Baghdad, I hope that you will recover soon and that peace will return.

I wish you peace, Baghdad, for the New Year.

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