Moving our office from Hamra Hotel is the main reason that kept me alife to write these words this moment after the massive destruction that was caused by the explosion of Monday afternoon that targeted seven hotels in downtown Baghdad including the area where our hotel locates with three other ones.
For me, going to the explosion was not only to cover thenews but to check about people that I have been living with since July 2006.
Like the eye of eagle, I started looking at the faces checking them one by one. With no hesitation, I started hugging everyone I saw. Thanks God I could see all the people I love. Talking to them and hearing their voices was heaven for me.
When I finished everything, I went to my old office and I was shocked with the scene. OMG, I can not even find the right words to describe what my eyes had seen. My desk used to be the closest to the balcony. The explosion removed the glass frame from the wall and threw it inside the office. The glass smashed to pieces that could scatter me into parts if I were there. My drug which was inside the refrigerator was on the ground and I do not know how it happened because the refrigerator.
As they alwasy do, Iraqis make jokes even about their pains. Within all the mess and the tirreble situation, one of teh guards came to tell me that I shoud have done many good things to leave the hotel two days before this explosion.
After the destruction that I have seen in our old office , leaving the hotel for me has only one meaning. It means NEW LIFE.