".... Later that day the house filled with more people than I had ever seen in my life. One of our family friends came wearing black. At that stage I was ready to give up all hope. Moments later I answered the phone - it was one of our relatives crying and asking me when my mom was going to be buried.
When I heard that I felt the world was collapsing over me. I fell to the floor and wept and wept and wept.
Later I learned my mom was in the kitchen trying to call the police. My dad was trying to shoot back at them while trying to convince my mom to hide somewhere safer but she was too worried about us to leave. She was asking the armed men: "what do you want from us?" She was subsequently shot 5 times all over her body covering the kitchen floor with her blood. She passed away during surgery.
Three days after her death I left Iraq for good. An extremely difficuilt part was breaking the news to my brother. who left the country due to threats of kidnap prior to the incident.
My lovely, pure, innocent mother was shot and killed - and for what purpose? This was a tragedy that left us and everyone we knew speechless and in pain to this day."
My best friend's story through her eyes: "On July 13th, 2005 right around 10:30pm my mom, my aunt, my dad, and I were watching TV (the Oprah Show) at that time and there was a curfew in Baghdad. All of the sudden we heard loud footsteps of 40 armed men coming from outside. I heard them breaking the outside security door and others were jumping on top of our cars.
We all jumped to our feet. I rushed upstairs to my parents bedroom. I locked the door and hid under the bed. I was petrified and was calling the police on my cellphone, but in typical Iraqi fashion no one answered. After many attempts I gave up. As a desperate attempt I tried calling our next door neighbor and he answered saying armed men were holding the whole street down and they couldn't move. I called my cousins to come and help but if course they lived further away.
I could hear gunshots everywhere. Two men next to the window discussing if they should start with RBG or release bombs and rockets. At that point I thought all of my family were murdered and they were going to kill me next.
Then the armed men broke into the bedroom where I was. Lo and behold there was a sudden and long silence. I wasn't sure what had happened, but I was scared to move or make a sound. I heard my aunt screaming out my name thinking that I had been taken so I gathered myself and shouted back that I was safe.
A neighbor came and got me out but I was crying and asking him about my family. He said they were ok and my mom had been shot but is stable and my dad (who was also shot) had taken her to the hospital.
Our neighbours took me away to their house so I didn't see all the aftermath. I kept asking to be taken to the hospital to see my parents but they told me it was unsafe and we had to wait until the morning. I spent the night praying and at the crack of dawn I was ready to go. But my dad who came back from hospital kept giving me more excuses. I was trying to stay hopeful that truly everything was alright. But as the day went on the light was growing dim...."
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