Thursday, March 19, 2009

Iraq war: The story of a little boy named "War"

News & Observer By LEILA FADEL - McClatchy Newspapers.

BAGHDAD -- Iman Kadhim felt the contractions at 2 a.m. on March 20, 2003. The streets of Baghdad were deserted; people cowered in their homes awaiting the threatened U.S. invasion. But the baby wasn't going to wait.

A neighbor with a car gave Kadhim and her husband a ride to the hospital from their southern Baghdad neighborhood.

Nothing was easy that night. Kadhim heard the baby's first cry before dawn and held him in her arms. Then they heard the first explosions that heralded the arrival of the U.S. military.

She named him Harb, Arabic for "war." His full name, Harb Zaid, translates as Zaid's War.

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