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Mohammed from Baghdad

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This is the picture I made after my friend from Baghdad, Mohammed, got given
a death threat and his colleague was murdered. I did not know what to do. I
went and bought a map of Iraq and found where he was and where he was going.
Baghdad to Sulamaniyah in the North. He had asked me to help him in any way
I could. It turned out that a boy who I do kung fu with's father is the
governer of Sulaminyah. I asked him to help. The father took Mohammed in for
a few days, but there was only so much he could do.
In the middle of my picture I stuck Orpheus and Eurydice, the moment she was
dragged back to the Underworld. I have the same terrible sadness when I
think of Mohammed and the limits of what I can do for him and all the others
who really live in terror. The photo is Mohammed and me in the sea in
Barcelona, the weekend we met. It was only when I got there that I realised
it was the first time he had seen the sea. It was cold in March but we ran
in anyway. He shouted out 'this is freedom!' and 'I love life.' He swam for
ages and then sat on the sand looking out at the endless water. When I said
goodbye and walked across Plaza Catalunya I had tears running down my face.
When we meet people and make friends with them immediately we care, these
conflicts do not seem so distant then. When we parted Mohammed gave me an
Iraqi banknote and wrote on it 'Do not forget Iraq.' I won't. More than that
I want to try to change things for the better.Chloe Davies, 27 yrs, UK
4th Sep 2006, 21:28  


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