Yesterday Mr. Marsoomi came in with two big plastic bags full of real black Muslim clothing’s and a beautiful blue house dress. I have it experience a lot every body gets very happy when they see that you put on these cloths. Now you are a real Iraqi or even a real Muslima. I think it needs more to get there! But any way now I am allowed to got to the market one of these days together with a guard. But as a silent black bird. Not taking picture just looking. Finally I am behind my computer already dressed to leave the house. I am going to buy some telephone cards and I have to work on their PC. Apple and the provider here do not fit for getting connection.
Garden of Eden
the last things
of car we will cross the desert monday morning to the Iraqi
border. I read
about this road in the book – Zwemmen in
Bagdad-of the Dutch journalist Tom Kleijn.
Ahmed send us this picture with the last details for the travel.
On the 31 of October we will leave for Koeweit.
Then we will travel by car to the Iraqi border. Where our
host will wait for us. They will bring us to Al-Mahara,
our working place.
Article by Nies Medema about the project in Exponto
The container with the pilothous has already arrived in Al-Amarah. This house is with a peaked roof. Unfortunately the pilothouse were already packed before this peaked roof was seen as a problem. At that time it was not possible anymore to change the construction. I really wonder how this house will fit in the Iraqi landscape. As you see in the still (out of my movie -A day in Bagdad-) people like to sleep on the roof especially in the extreme hot summers.
Ahmed sends us this morning a kind of behaviour instructions for Kuwait and Iraq. Very important no alcohol drinks. For me I have no problem with it for some others a relief. As we have got the stamp to confirm our visa, we go outside the airport and there hotel IBIS has send some limousines to bring us to the hotel. The next morning we will leave for the Iraqi border where Mr. Marsoomi will wait for us with the visa. Now two days of packing and organizing everthing.
The visas for Kuwait have reached our email box. It appears that we are welcome in this country.
For the visa’s for Iraqi, we are still waiting. According to Ahmed that also will hopefully be solved before this Friday. Perhaps I told this before that there is no possibility to get the visa direct to the embassy in The Hague. Only in Jordan, Syria and Turkey they will give them out directly to us. So they will come either way, by email to The Hague or they will have them for us at the border with Kuwait and Iraq. Alexander The Great had no problems with visas on his way. Around 330BC he attack, defeated and became the hero of Babylon. Here is a map of his conquest of his rout in at that time in Persia.
How will the future of the Mudhif look in Holland? I have a lot of ideas. But first I have to go there, collect a lot of material and after that I am imaging the Mudhif will a rise out of the earth on the water like a sphinx. Last week we have bought the tickets and now we wait on the visa for Iraq. The minister of foreign affairs of Iraqi was outside the country so we have to wait because he is the only person who is in charge of this. For 14 days from now we have spent our first day in Al-Mahara. The pictures as you see to day are from the building up from the Mudhif and also the inside of a Mudhif. The soldiers are here the guest of the Iraqis.