Thursday, August 25, 2005

Sunshine & Mama

These blogs I will enjoy reviewing very much! I have just for the first time found a way to contribute physically to the future of Iraq and its people, thanks to my illness, Asthma.

Sunshine posted recently about her terrible Asthma and the effects that rising pollution is having on her. She also posted that she had run out of her asthma medication "terbutaline" and "pulmicort" inhalers, the non-spray kind.

These are impossible to obtain in the Mid.East, because the more popular "turbo-inhaler" has taken over. To make a long story short, I can and did get a hold of these drugs, and am sending them over to Dubai to Rose , Sunshine's aunt, who will then ensure it arrives safely to Sunshine in Mosul.

Sunshine is a 14year old girl of extremely high intelligence. Her english compares with my own, and her maturity does also. The war is having its toll on this little angel, but she insists she must continue to "shine brightly".

I have no doubt that in the future of Iraq, she will play a major role of some sort, and if she did not, then Iraq would not be as good a place as it could be.

Sunshine has many fans, gets many comments and updates regularly with both factual and emotional events. I give her blog a 9/10 for content, but it does not quite better than the previously mentioned blogs, YET, because it is still relatively new.

Mama her mother explains her struggle to raise Sunshine since Saddam decided to invade Kuwait, the year Sunshine was born. This caused all sorts of hassles for those raising children, that we outside of Iraq can not begin to imagine.

Imagine having no toys, no money and barely any electricity/water. Imagine not having a constant food supply or 'well paying' jobs. Imagine not being able to import medicines when you needed them. Imagine watching relatives dissapear and hoping you are not the next. Imagine fearing for your daughters life every time she leaves for school.

Then imagine your country is occupied by another force, which does all the same and then worse. Imagine terrorists spring up from under your feat and start shooting in your street, waking your children up in terror.

This is the life that faced Mama and these are her stories. Mama gets an 8/10 so far, but there is still much for Mama to say.

Mama's blog can be found at

Sunshine's blog can be found at


At 7:32 AM, Blogger jon said...

Looking at asthma symptom info online today while my son coughs I came across this post. Does anyone know a good asthma symptom site to help?



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