Sunday, October 17, 2010

Iraqi Orphans

You can read the poverty in their small eyes wherever you see them at the cafes where they search for piecemeal jobs, or on the streets where they scavenge for soda cans to sell to local factories.
Unlike orphans in many countries in the world, most Iraqi orphans lost their parents around the same time and under horrible circumstances. In addition to their desire for compassion and care, those children need to overcome their sad memories and make a new beginning in life. Many of the orphaned children are sick, injured, and have nowhere to go. Millions of children in Iraq become orphans as a result of the continual wars, unbroken terrorism and diseases. Some of them spend their nights sleeping on pavements of the at bus stations or in empty boxes or behind scraps of wood or other material. They can’t get rid of living in streets. The war has blunted their ambitions and their childhood became a time of fear and a struggle for survival. The orphans poke about in dumps, sleep outdoors and hang around hotels, busy intersections, mosques and U.S. military installations. They are used as sex slaves and prostitutes, drug runners and spies
Orphans in Iraq didn’t lose their parents only but lost even the faith inside them because nothing is building the faith and hope in their hearts.
Iraq has been called "a nation of orphans, widows and the handicapped" because of its recent frequent wars.

Hassan Selman

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