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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Perspectives: Vlog: Hometown Baghdad

Hometown Baghdad is an ongoing online documentary vlog which shares the exeperience of three young Iraqis who are struggling to survive in a war-torn city. Some of the episodes were produced by ChatthePlanet.com, but most of the episodes, which are published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, were self-produced by the three 20-something subjects of the documentary, because conditions became too dangerous for the chat the planet crew. These men,Adel, Ausama, and Saif, risk their lives everytime they turn the camera on themsleves to tell the story of what life is really like for the average Iraqi citizen during this war. Each episode is in English, in order to communicate clearly to Americans the effect the war is having on the ordinary men, women, and children of Iraq.

I have embedded three episodes below: The first is one of the most light hearted episodes, Forbidden Salad, which offers a glimpse into family life and one peaceful way to stand against oppression. The second is called Symphony of Bullets; it records the sounds of bullets being shot day and night in a cacophony of terror aqnd a cadence of a procession of Death. The third is the one published yesterday, Liberation- or, not. It tells the experience of the American presence in Iraq from the perspective of these three young men.

Hometown Baghdad - "Forbidden Salad"
Uploaded by chattheplanet

Thanks to my Episco-buddy, Billie for pointing me to this website. It will take you about a half hour to get caught up on all of the posted episodes and to spend some time reading the profiles of the subjects of the vlog-umentary. Please take a look and pass this on to your circle of friend.

Oh Allah!
I consult You as You are all Knowing,
and I seek ability from Your power and I ask you for Your great favor,
for You have power,
but I do not,
and You have knowledge,
but I do not,
and You know all hidden matters.

Oh Allah!
If You know that this matter is good for me in my religion,
my livelihood and my life in the Hereafter,
then make it easy and bless it;
and if You know that this matter is evil for me in my religion,
my livelihood and my life in the Hereafter,
then keep it away from me and keep me away from it,
and choose what is good for me wherever it is,
and make me pleased with it.

prophet muhammad - peace be upon him - 7th century

Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near
And danger afar.

Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within.
Keep doubt without.

Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near
And darkness afar.

Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.

david adam
:: posted by Padre Rob+, 3:53 PM


Thanks bro -- will read a bit later. Just posted something on Darfur...
Blogger Jane R, at 7:49 PM  

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