Welcome Ramadan - 01.29.2007

Each year since the war began, Ramadan has become a less and less happy time for Iraqis.

Often now when wishing an Iraqi Eid Sa’eed at the end of Ramadan, one shouldn’t be surprised to here the cynical refrain “There is no Eid in Iraq.” Or at the beginning of Ramadan, one should wish a Ramadan Ma’brok, a congratulations for the beginning of Ramadan. Although an Iraqi might thank you, they will also often mention their sadness or worries for Ramadan.

While the mainstream press is quick to mention that Ramadan is often a time of high death tolls and increased militancy among the insurgency, this is only part of the story.

Ramadan is often the happiest time for all Muslims, but for Iraqis, they just hope to get by, to make it to prayer, and to survive to see a better Ramadan, to have a happy Eid.

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Each year since the war began, has become a less and less happy time for Iraqis.

While the mainstream press is quick to mention that Ramadan is often a time of high death tolls and increased militancy among the insurgency, this is only part of the story.


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