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  We lived through bombing in Iraq
Updated 29 July 2003, 18.55
Fadi, Fadi, Furat, Karam and Marwa in Iraq
Children of Iraq report on their experiences of the conflict in Iraq - and what it's like living there after Saddam Hussein.

Fadi:
"One of my neighbours was killed by the air strikes. For almost an entire month we weren't really able to leave our homes - it just wasn't safe to go out because of all the bombing.

When the planes and tanks opened fire our homes would shake and all the doors broke and the glass on our window shattered.

In the past when Saddam Hussein was in charge we weren't really able to do anything - we weren't even allowed to travel abroad.

In those days if you broke the strict laws you'd be arrested and severely punished."

Furat:
"Now we feel much freer - we can protest at anytime we want to and we can visit one another without being frightened. "

Fadi:
"My family went to a place called Mosul because we thought it would be much safer than Baghdad.

But almost as soon as we got there the Americans started to bomb the Iraqi army in Mosul as well."

Karam:
"We used to watch the fighter planes heading towards Baghdad - they came from all over - sometimes you'd see a whole lot of them at once."

Marwa:
"Before the war we always felt safe living so close to the police officers.

We kept a diary during the war to remember it. I hope it never happens again because the whole thing really scared me."

Fadi, Fadi, Furat, Karam and Marwa in Iraq


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