My son has asked me to repost this story from Iraq. He still feels for this unfortunate girl, and still continues to talk about it. Maybe people
should think that they were not only there to kill and to maim, but to also help those that needed it.
It was posted here a few weeks ago.
here is the story........................
There is one story he had to tell me. I deliberated on weather or not to post, but decided i needed to share this.
For obvious reasons I'm not going to reveal where he was when the following took place.
His squadron was based just outside a small village near to where most of the trouble was happening. After a few weeks, they began to get know the
local kids, who were always around asking for water.
They used to give the kids the water and tried to make conversation with them. They taught them English to an extent, enough to be able to be
understood, names etc.
My son was quiet taken with a 9 year old girl who , according to him seemed to be the odd one out among the other children. He used to give her
chocolate bars from his ration packs and the boiled sweets that they get.
This went on for weeks, until he handed over some chocolate to the girl in the street. Some elders or maybe part of her family were sitting in the
background watching this happen. Nothing was said, just a waved hand and a smile.
He never saw this girl again until 3 weeks later. She was hanging from a tree. She had been hung because she had taken "gifts" from a westerner. The
girls family were distraught. They didn't blame my son, but they thanked my him for taking the time to help her and to make her happy.
My son phoned me in tears when he found out what had happened. He still feels like he was to blame for some part in this. Maybe if he hadn't given
her things ,then she might still be alive?This is what he thought.
I told him to take comfort in what he did for the unfortunate girl, and look back at how it made her smile and brought a small piece of happiness into
He will live with that memory for ever. He even has the photograph of her in his wallet. He said he needs to keep it.
I apologize if this has upset anyone, but it made me cry when he was telling me about it. Hell, i even got choked up writing this.
There is a lot to this War that we will never get to know.
[edit on 03/12/04 by Bikereddie]