Children in Iraq
Even the kids love to show off babies
I have never seen a people in any land who show off their kids more than the Iraqis. Every time I go downtown, someone asks that I photograph a baby. Often I pretend to snap a photo, and the people smile and walk away.
This girl saw the camera and chased half a block, insisting I photograph her little sister
Crazy Iraqi Kids. Always up to something. This time they just make faces at men with machineguns. The soldiers laugh.
In places where the soldiers have given children too much candy and treats, the kids usually become annoying brat-packs. I have heard numerous stories of kids throwing rocks at soldiers, but have yet to see this myself. In my travels, I have seen the proto-typical Iraqi kid as well mannered, curious, and highly friendly toward Americans.
This man said he voted for his daughter
Proud Dad, Scared Son
The teachers make these kids study. The classrooms are always clean and the students well behaved. I have come into classrooms where the kids are studying English. Hard to get out of those rooms; they all want to say "hello!"
Some day this war will end.
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