"Should I Leave Without A Past?"
An Iraqi blogger recalls the restrictions on the use of cameras under Saddam, and laments that nothing has changed:
But where do I take pictures? I was thinking two days ago about places to which I would connect; some spot on the Tigris bank, where my friends and I used to barbeque in the old days? No, I can’t, because if I want to do so, I have to go to Adhamiya or Kadhimiya neighborhoods. I can’t go to both, the first is a Sunni neighborhood where insurgents find feather pillows and silky bed sheets to rest after a long day of killing people. And the second is a Shiite neighborhood, where the idea of being arrested as a man called Omar [a Sunni name] and for taking pictures on the river bank is just terrifying. Ok then, I should go to take pictures near a monument? No, because if I want to do so the monuments would be either inside the Green Zone, where I cant take pictures even if I enter it, or outside the Green Zone but near Iraqi forces checkpoints, where I cant take pictures.Read the rest here.
I was thinking; I miss my city when I am living in it. And I don’t have anything to remind me of it when I leave! Is that possible? I mean should I leave without a past? Why? When I want to flashback my last 27 years, I can’t?