BC: The End
FC: Iraq peace corps. | Laurie Gardner C Block
1: Today is my first day in Iraq. I'm so excited to be here, and help the people here. There's so much that they need help with. I was looking around and they have basically no water here. I want to help them with ways to save water. | September 11th | They really don't like us Americans, but I think I can change that. There's so much we can help them with if they would just let us. This land has been hit with so much violence and hate. I think it's time to turn everything around.
2: Today there was a wedding in town. Everyone was very excited for the wedding. The streets were filled with friends and family. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The groom and the bride were first cousins. Here in Iraq that’s considered favorable. | September 26th | The groom was in his late twenties, and the bride was a few years younger. The bride's dress was very elegant. She wore a lot of gold jewelry. The groom was required to pay a very large dowry to the bride’s family, but I heard that the dowry is usually used for supplies for the new couple’s home. The ceremony was wonderful, you could see the love in the couples eyes. After the ceremony there was a large wedding party held at the hall. At the party there was singing and dancing. There was an immense amount of food at the party. Everyone there was very happy and ecstatic. When the party was over everyone followed the couple to their new home in a trail of honking cars.
3: September 30th | Today is my 19th day in Iraq. I'm learning a lot about the culture, it is very interesting. When I'm being introduced to men here I go to shake their hands but they wont touch me. All they say to me is Al-salamu 'alaykum which means may peace be upon you. | Men do not touch females unless they are close relatives. Men here are addressed as Abu (father of) followed by his oldest son's first name. Women are some times addressed like that as well, except they are addressed Um (mother of). If a couple does not have a son they are addressed by their oldest daughter's name. If a couple does not have any children they are | called Abu ghayib or Um ghayib ( waiting father or mother).A persons name is made up of the first name, followed by the fathers name, and then the family name. A persons name can reflect their tribe or city of origin. Women here do not change their name after marriage. People here are all about their culture, and family. Family is everything to them.
4: The clothing of Iraqi men are very traditional. They wear a dishdasha, an ankle length garment. It is usually white, and allows air flow over the body.Then they wear the aba, a long cloak, tan or neutral in color.If it's cold they will wear a kaffiyeh, a white or checked square scarf.The agal, a circular black rope or plaited-cord is used to hold the kaffiyeh in place.
5: The clothing of Iraqi women are also traditional. Their out fits are designed to conceal and hid them. They wear a hijab, a veil, to hide their faces. They wear a abayah, a cloak worn over their clother to cover them from head to toe. An ash is a black head scarf. a foota is a black shin scarf. The hashmiya is a wide-sleeved full net or sheer black ceremonial gown that women wear for certain religious ceremonies.
6: April 9th, 2003 Iraqis danced and cheered in central Baghdad's Firdos Square for the fall of their leaders statue. The united states marines armored recovery vehicle helped take down the statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. this statue was a symbol of Hussein's power over Iraq. with the statue being destroyed Iraq can finally move on and rebuild their country.
7: The Great Mosque of Samarra was at one time the largest mosque in the world. The tower is a spiralling cone 52 meters high with with a ramp all the way around. the tower is suppose to be a represents a a symbolic architectural representation of it.