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#1 Entry: NWB – Great Kuwait Liberation Day Challenge

OK, OK, the rest of you might as well just give up. It will be really, really hard to find more adorable children than these celebrating Independence and liberation! Thank you, NWB!

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Just kidding – the children are adorable AND I want more entries!

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Community, Cultural, Events, Holiday, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos | 10 Comments

Iraq’s National Museum Reopens

I heard yesterday that the Baghdad National Museum has re-opened only six years after the catastrophic looting that took place during the allied drive to topple Saddam Hussein.

You can read an article about it at BBC News. I have an excerpt below:

Iraq’s National Museum has reopened nearly six years after it was looted and vandalised in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion.

Thousands of its antiquities were stolen at that time, and only about a quarter have since been retrieved.

Coalition forces had no orders to intervene, and stood by as Iraq’s priceless heritage was pillaged.

Many of the nation’s treasures were in the museum, and analysts decried its looting as scandalous.

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki was at the opening ceremony inside the museum, and described what had happened there as Iraq’s “dark age”.

“I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks to all the countries which stood by Iraq, whether through their contributions towards rebuilding this museum or returning the smuggled artefacts,” he said.

“We want to make our museum a place which will be at the forefront of international museums. There’s a long road ahead of us.”

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Living Conditions, News | Leave a comment

Barely There Sunrise

You’ll have to look closely, but the sun is there, hidden in the bands of smog hanging over the horizon today. The reflection on the clouds was pearly, and beautiful.

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Although technically, the holidays don’t start until tomorrow, they seem to have started early for many. 🙂 Have a great day, Kuwait.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series | Leave a comment