Episode 14 - "Barbwire"

Saif's house has become a cage.

Viewer Comments

Watch your back Saif ...... All we need is protection ..... We have to protect Baghdad's bridges , tody they did make on of the oldest bridges of Baghdad fallen in Tigris....I am really so sad , I have been losing my people and now am losing my city appearance , Oh GOD , boombing a bridge !!!!!! I dont know what they are tryin to do with my country , my city and my people............... I swear most Iraqis have not done any bad thing to others , why we are suffering !!!!! there is blood oozing out there along the time we write , chat or lough over here ...... should be stopped by any mean. I just want one answer , When would that stop and get back our normal life in our country !!!!! We just need PEACE PEACE PEACE and nothing else. Regards , Zaid Al Bender
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Dear Mike, *blushing* ! I'm so happy you all like the little banners I made. (I also got a nice comment from Karenne.) I hope people will take them far and wide and post them on their blogs and websites. If you guys ever need anything from me along these lines, I'm not a professional but I would be happy to give my best effort. I really believe in what you all are doing with all my heart and I feel honored to even have very small part. Thank YOU for opening my eyes to something that once was hidden from me - the reality of the war in Iraq. Thank YOU for making Adel, Ausama and Saif a part of my life. I pray God keeps all of you at Hometown Baghdad and Chat the Planet safe. Saif, Sadly enough I'm not surprised by the bars on windows and the barbed wire. In 1998 I went to my husband's native country (El Salvador). If you don't know, El Salvador went through a very brutal civil war that lasted over a decade (with the U.S. involved as well.) ... Anyway, many of the homes had barred windows and barbed wire around the roof tops. It was a shock for me then, coming from a small town in the United States where people often left windows open and doors unlocked when they sleep at night or go to the grocery store. I hope we can all live in such a world some day. Take care. Tracy
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Tracy ................ You are so cute and I wish you all the best from all of my heart, Regards for your Daddy ( I love The Beatles so much as well ) and for your husband , your comments are making some kind of movement over here ..... Stay safe , NOT Saif loool Cheers,
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Hey guys, great site and great work on the videos. Apart from the important issues shown in them, they're also edited very well. Will be urging people to come here on my site, keep it up!
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Hello Saif, Well, another view of the life in Baghdad, that did not surprise us at all. It must be so stressfull worrying about your safety even in your own house! good job, and keep up the effort.
Posted on: April 13, 2007

i'm a french teenager and i wish a better life for your futur !!! courage et bonne chance ! ( in french ) good luck !! jonathan
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Zaid - LOL! You are too entertaining. You need to write your own blog :) Tracy
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Our nation will forever feel responsible for making things right in Iraq. I don't understand why these able bodied men are not in the military fighting against these monsters we unleashed.
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Hi Jon, We're working on doing some press in France to bring these stories of Baghdad to your country. So hopefully you'll be hearing more from us! -Mike
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Finally CNN has posted some real video of real people in Iraq. http://www.cnn.com/video/player/player.html?url=/video/world/2007/04/11/phillips.iraq.baghdad.university.cnn
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Dude Wallah It Brakes My Heart To Be Only Able To Watch From The Other End, And Not Be Able To Help. Inshallah I Will Keep You Dudes In My Prayers. Maybe Oneday Things Will Calm Down, and Maybe I'll Be Able To Visit The Homeland Of My Parents. Take Care Of Yourselves!
Posted on: April 13, 2007

I here a lot of people on these boards tell you guys to leave its not safe any more. This is one of the reasons why you have earned my respect and admiration. God forbid this but if anything ever happen to you guys you would become true martyrs. You have made a sacrifice bigger than your selves too change lives and help people. This is what a martyr means to me. You have showed the world your perspective of things, you wouldn't be carried on the shoulders of 100 people. The world would carry you in their hearts for ever. There are 2 types of people there is the one who watches the house burn and the one that runs into save people. You guys have showed courage in the face of despair you should be awarded by the Iraqi government the highest honor a civilian can earn. Fighting with your heart can change lives don't stop believing. "If you can dream it you can do it". Walt Disney God Bless, James Huntington Beach, CA
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Wear a Shirt, sayoofi! nice.
Posted on: April 14, 2007

I hope you don't mind an off-topic comment, but I think this is important: Re: the Iraq war in general (also see this post) Ever since the months prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, there have been a few reports in the newspapers that the Central Intelligence Agency was casting aspersions on the intelligence the White House was relying on to justify the war. The CIA has never given a position on whether the war is needed or justified or said that Bush is wrong to go to war. But doesn't it seem much more likely that the CIA is an extremely right wing organization than a left wing one? After all, even if the people working for them and at least a lot of the leadership really wanted a war for their own reasons, there are a lot of reasons for them to not want to tie their credibility to what they know is faulty information. They and their personnel, present and former, could use other means of promoting the Iraq war, and still be motivated to make the statements in the media. If the CIA got behind faulty information, they would have to make a choice between whether they would be involved in scamming the American people and the world once the military had invaded Iraq and no weapons were found- so: 1) Imagine the incredible difficulties involved in pulling off a hoax that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. Imagine all the people you would have to be able to show the weapons to- the inspectors from the UN / the international community, the American press, statesmen, etc. Then imagine the difficulties of substantiating that story to people who would examine it- the lack of witnesses to a production plant that made the weapons or to transportation operations or storage of the weapons during Hussein's regime of them. 2) If the story fell apart upon inspection or the CIA tried not to hoax it at all, imagine the loss of credibility they would suffer. The CIA, it is safe to bet, does not want to be known to the American people as a group that lies to them to send them to war. Even within the CIA there could be disagreement among people about how involved they should be in promoting the war or the neo-con agenda more broadly, so the CIA would have to worry about lying to and managing its own people after trying so hard to get them to trust their superiors in the agency, and perhaps there simply might be too many people in the agency who knew enough about what was going on in Iraq to know if someone was deceiving people to promote this war. So there is a lot of reason to be cautious against being seen as endorsing what they knew was false intelligence even if they were very strong supporters of going to war.
Posted on: April 14, 2007

today they boombed the second bridge....... 2 bridges in 2 days.......Baghdad is being cut into pieces...... I am really scared to think of what might be coming next, IF there can be any worse. My respect to you my great Baghdad, one day, we'll be able to walk in Al Motanabbi street again. All the love, Nadia.
Posted on: April 14, 2007

You passed to the French TV this morning.
Posted on: April 15, 2007

Hi Ahmed, Actually I want to know what TV ? and what was the program.thank you.
Posted on: April 15, 2007

Hi Saif. Two days ago, Myriam (from Canada) informed me about your blog, via my own blog (http://meguini.org). Fortunately, I'm a journalist and I immediately transmitted the info to a colleague who works for a program broadcasted on Canal + (very well-known French channel) and called "L'effet papillon "( = "The Butterfly effect"). I'm also planning on writing an article in a notorious French paper (Libération), and would need, in order to do so, to get directly into contact with you. Coud you send me an email with your phone number so I can call you ? I believe your work will be very popular in France. Courage et encore bravo !
Posted on: April 15, 2007

A small article was in our local newspaper this morning about your website (I live in North Carolina in the US) so I cut it out and have spent the past hour watching all of the videos. You are doing something seriously important and you should all be very proud of the work you're doing in bringing these stories of average Iraqis to the world. Stay safe and keep up the filming. And please know that there are people out here who feel for you and what you're going through on a daily basis. Robin Charlotte, NC USA
Posted on: April 15, 2007

I am an Australian and don't know all the details about what has been going on in Iraq. More Australian troops are going to be sent over there soon and our prime minister seems to be right behind the "Bush invasion" in Iraq. Im not so convinced that its the right thing to do. I have been moved to tears with stories and photos from this site and other links. I want to say thanks for opening up my eyes to your troubles. Peace is something we all deserve and I pray that it will be found in the near future. God bless
Posted on: April 15, 2007

Greetings... Four notes and I am off commenting here. Let us speak broadly. There was demonstrations, I dare to say, of millions of people before this war and during it demanding not to go through with it. What have they done? Where are those people now? Did they go back to thier lives, work, study, love, traveling and commenting on blogs showing Iraqis on the verge of annihilation? Where do you, Saif, Usama, Adel and my brothers in Baghdad stand? California is really beautiful. Wonderful weather, blue skies and the sun shines on the waves of the ocean. People walking in the street smiling. they know what will bring them tomorrow. May be some of them are planning for a nice trip to Europe next year. What are the chances of being assassinated by a death squad? Who dares to tell Iraqis to be brave for the expense of their lives and some transitional recognition? We are brave enough already baring all the foolishness and stupidity of the others. Not mentioning the helplessness of the civilized world to stop the absurdity we have been put through without a choice. One more thing, congratulations guys, you made it to the French news. I bet because of that, someone French will arrive tomorrow and stop the war, the bombing, the assassinations, the displacements, "reinvent" the smashed pieces of antiquities of the looted Iraqi Museum, give Baghdad some electricity and rebuild some bridges. Viva the civilized new world!!!! May all this bring you better future. I hope my comments will not offend anyone. Good Night and Good Luck!
Posted on: April 15, 2007

hey saif ,well i was really shocked when i saw ur street on the video ,i remeber they were ppl and cars when we used to chill there like 8 years ago,i am really sorry for what is happening to my country and i pray to god tht everything will be fine,,so keep it up said with more episodes so we can see the reality of how people are living in this poor country,btw the food was so delicious,,
Posted on: April 19, 2007

I am viewing this from Canada...I'm a soldier from the RMAF.Whats going on with your country is controversial..You guys want the americans out when really they are doing you a service..If they werent fighting your war, you would be succumbed to insurgents.How about we get them out of there and see how you capitalize as a country.Everybody makes mistakes,that is fair and justified.But when a IED goes, and demolishes 80% civilians..then you need to really see the problem.The problem outside the box so to speak...Are they fighting for what is right?Or I will be wasting my time?Fighting for something that doesnt gain no resolution or property for what matter?
Posted on: April 29, 2007

Not a hater, great videos..Understand you completely.Do I need to come and sacrifice for when its not necessary?Saif..You guys I would love a feedback, zero hostility. I hope you guys get out of there alive.
Posted on: April 29, 2007

Hi all, Keep up visiting the website. there will be more and more episodes.
Posted on: May 14, 2007

I haven't missed an episode yet Saif. The last one where Ausama goes to look for a new suitcase makes me sick to my stomach. What is the way out of this mess that Dubya in all his wisdom (or lack thereof) has gotten everybody into? I want Iraqis to be able to get their country back and to lead normal lives but I'm not seeing how this is going to happen. What do you guys think would be the best route to peace and stability? Somebody besides the ignorant political types needs to be having this conversation because the politicos aren't doing anybody any good. Sorry for venting but I'm just thoroughly disgusted today (can't you tell). Robin USA
Posted on: May 14, 2007

I am so excited to have found this site-we will check the videos daily. Thanks so much for the 'real' look inside your lives-it is so interesting and very sad as well. I can compeletly understand the desire to just get back to peace and normalcy. God I hope it happens soon-everyone must be so TIRED of being nervous and scared all the time and yes, we in US take for granted the peace and security we have. Keep posting your videos they are so interesting! Dana
Posted on: September 08, 2007


  1. Brains on Campus

  2. The Dentist

  3. Forbidden Salad

  4. Powerless

  5. Songs of Pain

  6. Abdullah Leaves

  7. Symphony of Bullets

  8. Last Resort

  9. Iraqis Shooting Each Other

  10. Mentally F'ed Up

  11. Saif Heart Noor

  12. Exams

  13. Hidden Camera

  14. Barbwire

  15. Kiss and Tell

  16. Across The River

  17. Hubbly Bubbly

  18. Anger Pain Death Madness

  19. Security

  20. Liberation

  21. My Best Friend Zaid

  22. Sick of This

  23. Iraqi Man

  24. Troops

  25. The Palace Maid

  26. Beggar At the Gate

  27. Market Boom

  28. Tickets & Popcorn

  29. Nothing But Guitar

  30. Over Here and Over There

  31. City on the Sea

  32. Goodnight, Baghdad

  33. Out of War

  34. Back to Baghdad

  35. Trouble finds Its way

  36. Zaghareet

  37. One of Thousands

  38. Jimi Hendrix