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By Nesreen Melek
Axis of Logic
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008

The invaders built walls to separate Iraqis

But Iraqis decided to draw paintings on these walls,

Iraqis drew rivers like the ones they had before the invaders contaminated it

They drew palm trees full of dates like the ones which were scattered on the fertile soil before the brutal invasion

They drew faces of girls and women full of despair  like the ones who were raped by the American soldiers

They drew faces of children with puzzled faces like the ones who witnessed the American wars

They drew faces of girls hiding their faces like the ones who are selling their bodies to support their families

They drew sad faces of boys who were left without parents

They drew angry faces of men like the ones who were rapped and tortured in Abu Ghraib

They drew nice houses like the one the Iraqi had before the invasion

They drew gardens with orange trees full of blossoms like the one Iraqis had before the American bombed the houses on the civilians

They drew birds flying peacefully like the ones which were flying in the skies of Iraqi cities before American planes took over the sky

They drew families gathered together with happy faces like the families used to be before their invasion

Iraqis will remember when they look at these walls daily, the pain, the agony, the torture, the rape, the lack of security, the stolen dreams, the looting and the aggression of the invaders

One day, these walls will be demolished by the will of the young Iraqis, they will rise and scream: No more killing, no more rape, no more torture and no more wars

Memories of the invaders brutality will stay in the Iraqi minds and the minds of others

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April 07, 2008 - Nesreen Melek is a regular contributor to Axis of Logic. Nesreen is an Iraqi woman, a mother and poet, who lives in Canada but with an abiding love and devotion to her homeland, Iraq. It is very easy for us to become caught up in our busy-ness, working to end a war in a land we have never seen. Nesreen brings us back to the realities of why we protest, organize, write and publish. When we begin thinking of war as some sort of drama being acted out in a land we have never seen, Nesreen reminds us of the children, mothers and fathers. She reminds us of the terrible details of what the U.S. has wrought in the war on the people of Iraq ... the lost child trying to find a familiar face, the shocked mother, staggering aimlessly down a cratered street ... the father, staring in disbelief at the body of his child in the back of a pickup truck, the poisoning of Iraqi soil with depleted uranium, the massive destruction on Iraq's infrastructure and economy. Nesreen can be contacted at:


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