Jeanie G., how right you are! I had a really horrible experience today. One of my students, a really sweet 17-year-old, is Lebanese, and told me a few weeks ago that she had Lebanese relatives in Baghdad. She wasn't in school yesterday, but came in today to take a test. After the test, she totally broke down and cried, in part because people were talking about the fall of Baghdad (my fault - I asked what their reaction was, not knowing that she had a tragedy in the family). Tuesday evening her family got word that her mother's sister, brother-in-law, and five nieces and nephews had been killed when their home was hit by a bomb. R.'s little five-year-old cousin was the only one to survive. Her mother had a nervous breakdown and is in the hospital. These people are/were Palestinian refugees who left Lebanon because of the civil war, and went wherever they could in order to try to ensure their kids a safer life. R.'s family probably won't be able to take the little boy in, provided that he makes it, because of Germany's strict immigration laws. Another student, whose family is from Bosnia, has been trying to bring her orphaned cousins to Germany for two years. Their father was killed in the war there, and their mother, her father's only sister, died of an embolism two years ago. The German authorities say they should be adopted by Bosniacs. What a horrible world we live in!
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4/10/03 at 11:34am