The Lady Speaks

Riverbend Breaks Her Silence

After more than four months, Riverbend has posted again.

Two months ago, the suitcases were packed. My lone, large suitcase sat in my bedroom for nearly six weeks, so full of clothes and personal items, that it took me, E. and our six year old neighbor to zip it closed.

Packing that suitcase was one of the more difficult things I’ve had to do. It was Mission Impossible: Your mission, R., should you choose to accept it is to go through the items you’ve accumulated over nearly three decades and decide which ones you cannot do without. The difficulty of your mission, R., is that you must contain these items in a space totaling 1 m by 0.7 m by 0.4 m. This, of course, includes the clothes you will be wearing for the next months, as well as any personal memorabilia- photos, diaries, stuffed animals, CDs and the like.


[…] Most importantly, we were all equal. Sunnis and Shia, Arabs and Kurds… we were all equal in front of the Syrian border personnel.

We were all refugees- rich or poor. And refugees all look the same- there’s a unique expression you’ll find on their faces- relief, mixed with sorrow, tinged with apprehension. The faces almost all look the same.


September 7, 2007 - Posted by | Blogs, Iraq, Middle East, War, Women

1 Comment »

  1. Great Post on a great topic. When i saw that Riverbend was posting again and also had a book out , wow, what a sigh of relief.
    The way things stand she could have well been dead.

    You know P A lady, this whole Sept and the “betrayus report ” stuff – Its clear to me and i hope others as well – that Congresss must STOP FUNDING this war.. Just stop. END IT.

    Its all been floated by us already , that Bush plans a War with No end. We the people have to let our supposed reps know this is unnacceptable. There will be no “selling of the surge”

    I am really glad are doing a body count. Lets not forget that its estimated over 1 million Iraqis have died. This has got to end.. we need to look at our energy consumption – blood is not worth Oil. Its always been about the OIL too.

    Comment by proudprogressive | September 8, 2007 | Reply

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