IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq by IraqiGirl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"My mother told me not to write about politics. She said write about
normal life. But I don't have a normal life so how can I follow her
advice?" 3 August 2005
Hadiya wrote a blog about her life from 2004-2018.
This book covers 2004-2007 (what we would call high school) with a
brief note about 2008-09 but I went to her blog to see what happened
later. It ends up being about life under military occupation by the
United States. She lives in Mosul, with family in Lebanon, Syria,
Baghdad, and Kurdistan. She also provides a glimpse into the Syria of
fifteen years ago, one that was a refuge for so many people, a city that
epitomizes peace and "real life" to Hadiya during this time period,
since her family retreats to Aleppo on multiple occasions when their
home is damaged by bombs, gunfire, or someone they know is killed. All
along Hadiya is trying to be a good student so she can go to pharmacy
The way the book is presented I believe it is targeted at
middle to high schoolers as a way to develop empathy for Hadiya and
others like her, similar to how The Diary of Anne Frank is used in
classrooms. There is an extra Q&A from students her age at the end.
bought this from Haymarket books as part of my reading goals for the
year. It doesn't escape me that the two books I've read from Iraq so far
have been from the voices of children who have had to leave the
country. I was brought to tears more than one time, so had to take a bit
longer to read this one.
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