Sunday, November 30, 2003

Sunday November 30, 2003 5:23 pm from the Balloon Internet Cafe, Baghdad

Sorry I haven't been able to blog for the past 2 days. Friday things closed early (like Sunday evenings in the U.S.). Yesterday we didn't get back from Kerbala until late (see below). Things here at the Inet cafe go up and down depending on the electrical situation AND evething is slow.

Friday we started out with a trip to the orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity (Mother Theresa's order). They attend to about 20 severly disabled children with everything from cerebral palsy to congenital deformities. We also got to help feed them lunch - a big chore for the sisters because all of the children want to be fed right away and there aren't enough hands to go around. I also attended the Faraj Ali Al-Saleh mosque with Safa. It is a new mosque in a tony part of town. Had lunch with the realtor/owner and visited with the Amman. More on this later. That evening I went to Seeham Abas' home for dinner and got to see her and three of her sons once again. A good reunion, but by lamplight since the power was off (as usual).

Yesterd, we went to Kerbabala to meet with the Human Rights Organization of that city and to hold a joint prayer service at one of the sites of the victims of the 1991 uprising that were killed (perhaps as many as 100,000 in Kerbala)

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