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June 26, 2007



Thank you, dear writer, for reminding us of the human cost of this terrible war. It is robbing children of their childhoods and our elders of hope. The legacy of this debacle will continue for many years to come, as traumatized children come of age. And let's not forget that some of them will have been neglected, abused or abandoned, and may not learn how to love themselves or others. Not all people, of course, but too many. People who will not know how to hope, but will know how to hate.

Regarding children's psychiatric health and care right now:


I hope Yakeen is going home to Omara soon. Grandma should go back with her perhaps and get a break from Baghdad. There is a big news story in the Washington Post about the impact the war in Iraq has on the children living there. CNN is talking about it as well. They should have been talking about it for all these years. When do children go back to school from summer holiday? All the kids are going to want to go back to school after this summer.

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