American Views Abroad

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Riverbend will be joining the exodus out of Iraq into the unknown. In her words:

On the one hand, I know that leaving the country and starting a new life somewhere else--- as yet unknown --- is such a huge thing that it should dwarf every trivial concern. The funny thing is that it's the trivial that seems to occupy our lives. We discuss whether to take photo albums or leave them behind. ...What clothes do we take ... What about my books ...the baby pictures? The problem is that we don't even know if we'll ever see this stuff again. We don't know if whatever we leave, including the house, will be available when and if we come back. There are moments when the injustice of having to leave your country, simply because an imbecile got it into his head to invade it, is overwhelming. It is unfair that in order to survive and live normally, we have to leave our house and what remains of family and friends. ...And to what? It's difficult to decide which is more frightening car bombs and militias, or having to leave everything you know and love, to some unspecified place for a future where nothing is certain.

Riverbend walked us through life as a civilian caught up in a foreign military invasion, occupation and civil war. Surely somewhere in that unspecified place there'll be an internet connection so she can continue her job of telling us how life is outside the familiar and as a refugee.

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