Episode 23 - "Iraqi Man"

Best friends Saif and Zaid say what might be their final goodbye as Zaid flees Baghdad.

Viewer Comments

Saif, It must be hard to continually have your friends leave Iraq. Do plan to be leaving soon as well? I hope your friend Zaid is doing well in Egypt. He seems like a great friend to have.
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Er, drinking the same water eh? lol Saif , you have left Iraq now haven't you? Have you and Zaid met up since this video was filmed?You two are really sweet together in this video. I don't know what to say except to offer my support and best wishes to everyone on this planet. We're all human. I don't know how things got like this.
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Now you've gone in made me cry - and at times laughing through the tears (because you are both so funny despite everything). Zaid's father is very talented. These sculptures look like they should be in a museum. I'm so sad for all of these friendships being broken apart and Iraqis scattered around the globe. :( Zaid and Saif, I'm glad that you are safe, but of course the tragedy is that you can't at this time be safe in your own country together, playing your guitars and enjoying life. Your love for one another is so clear in that departing hug. I pray that you both see each other again - in Baghdad, on a quiet peaceful evening, laughing and playing guitar as you used to do. Peace.
Posted on: May 04, 2007

It's so hard to part with friends, I am sorry you two had to go through this, I feel bad for all the friends who were seperated because of a stupid meaningless war. Zaid, Welcome to your second country, buddy. Hope you like it here, I know it is freakin hard and Egypt is not all pyramids but I hope you at least have some peace of mind! Mike, just saw the Brian Lehrer show, thanks for posting the link, great to see you man, looking good ;;) I am sure these shows will enlarge the base of viewers of this series and hopefully more people will know the truth! Guys, you are simply rocking the planet!! Keep on rocking. Love, Nadia.
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Zaid, amazing sculptures, wow Mash'Allah Iraqis are so talented in everything. Insh'Allah you will get the chance that you deserve and all Iraqis deserve. God Bless Metez
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Thanks, Nadia!!! :D I'm checking with the producers of the show to see if I can post clips of the show without infringing on their copyright. If I can, I'll compress the show down to a manageable size and repost it. We're working on some getting some other great press mentions. So if you see any, feel free to let me know - in the comments or via email. I'm mostly looking for print, radio and tv coverage. So many awesome bloggers (who I secretly like most) link to us that I can't keep track! :)
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Is there a different section of your website or other websites to ask questions and learn more about what you are doing?
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Hi David, Well it all depends on the kinds of questions you want to ask...if you want to know things about Iraq and what life is now like for Ausama, Saif, and Adel, then ask away in the comments. If you want to know what we, Chat the Planet, are planning next, feel free to email me at mike@hometownbaghdad.com. Or if you're interested in working with Chat the Planet, feel free to e-mail me. We also have an About Us page that tells a bit about who we are. Thanks, Mike
Posted on: May 04, 2007

Saif Abdullah and Zaid are the same person? They look so alike. Oh is it true that Saif left Iraq? How long ago was this shot?
Posted on: May 05, 2007

Oh no, sorry scrub that. I was mistaken between who was leaving in "Saif Abdullah Leaves" I am so sorry to hear that Saif may have lost a dear friend, its so rare to see two friends openly express how much they love each other, it was sad and beautiful. I wish Saif and Zaid the best
Posted on: May 05, 2007

living in switzerland and visiting your site since a few weeks i wish you from the bottom of my heart all the best - you all have so much courage, strength, integrity, creativity, love .... - may peace prevail all over the world
Posted on: May 05, 2007

god watch over you guys...have faith and hope and dont ever give up your cause...even if it isnt the popular choice...stand tall and proud and you will over come within..
Posted on: May 05, 2007

Hi, just found you on Salon.com and then became addicted to your videos and blog, which I've been on a good deal of the day. Love it, but not the war. Hope you don't mind, I was so impressed and loved your site so much I added you onto "my favorite links and blogs" list on my blog and did a special on you today (putting my Expat Profiles, on the back burner.) I don't get very many viewers, but I thought your message was so important, that the word needed to be spread. Also, I am in Cairo - the people here are great and I wish you the best of luck. I am fairly new here too, but for different reasons.
Posted on: May 05, 2007

Hey ....... Thank you I have left Egypt and now am in Dubai thats why I was away a little bit ........ Thanks am proud and feel that Evry one over here is doing a great job Kind Regards for you all ... Speciall regards for Karrene and Mike Cheers
Posted on: May 05, 2007

actually Mike, i just found a group for you guys on facebook! all facebook residents, join people, join! :p I know i put your website on my hometown location :D
Posted on: May 05, 2007

My Father is sending his regards to you all .... We are all together in United Arab Emirates...
Posted on: May 06, 2007

Watch this ........... homeless in paris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsSIokfbuGg
Posted on: May 06, 2007

Zaid - Regards to your father and the rest of your family. I'm glad that you're reunited in Dubai now. I watched the video you posted called, "Homeless". If I think of Iraqis and Baghdad every day like this I will eventually run out of tears. I can't express how much I want you all to have your peaceful home back - and the amazing thing is that what I'm feeling is probably a small fraction of what you all feel. In this video, again, guitar playing and lovely singing. Are all Iraqis talented or something? I now "know" about 10 Iraqis and every one of them can play guitar and sing and things like this. :D Well, keep in touch, Zaid. Peace, my friend.
Posted on: May 06, 2007

Hey Tracy, By the way, The guys in the video you watched "Homeless" Naji is my brother, And Khorshid is his best friend.
Posted on: May 07, 2007

I've been watching the videos for the last couple of days. Although I left Iraq many years before the war, The two guys on lost in Paris express how I (and probably many Iraqis) feel elequently. I come from a big close family, the last time I saw any of them was 2 years ago. Saif I hope you are reunited with Naji and your friends soon. Keep Safe.
Posted on: May 07, 2007

Wow, Zaid, that homeless video was really moving. I know how they feel, its so horrible. I wish there was some way I could spare people pain like this, but its part of living. Our lives cannot be painless, but if theres love in there somewhere, its worth it. Regards and respect to your father. And best of luck to him and you all. Im glad you're all together. Saif, you two dont look that much alike, I wouldnt have guessed! But I see the guitar-playing is a big thing with all you guys. All very good too. :) Peace
Posted on: May 07, 2007

Hey Saif! :) Now that you say that, I had to watch the video again and I do see a family resemblance with you and Naji. Have you been able to see him since he's moved to France? By the way, I messaged you in myspace a couple weeks ago. You get it? I know you don't use myspace much. Hope you and your wife are doing well - and that your peanut selling business is profitable... Hee hee ;) Keep in touch. Your friend, Tracy
Posted on: May 07, 2007

Yeah Lelly ......they are both dentists one of them is Saif's brother , I miss them as well , Iraq has us as the future' bank and we will do our best for our country ............... Thank you sweety and thanks Tracy and all people over here , Regards
Posted on: May 07, 2007

Amazing sculptures Beautiful guitar playing (no girl could resist it) This one is great, and I love seeing the screen-shots of photos!
Posted on: May 07, 2007

Zaid, I admire you and your friends. ( Guitar-playing dentists :D)Its true you are Iraqs future, i just hope you have a chance to contribute. Thank you Peace and love
Posted on: May 13, 2007

Tegan and lelly ........... Thanks for ur wonderful words , you are invited in my house in Baghdad there is a party with guitars near the fire place me and saif and all , that party will be true in july the 8th 2028 Thats what we call it HOPE .....heheheheh
Posted on: May 13, 2007

Tracy .... where are you princess ????
Posted on: May 14, 2007

Hey Zaid, Where are you ? Where you've been the last few days ?
Posted on: May 14, 2007

Zaid, I will mark it on my calender *July 8th - 2028* I'll bring the crackers and dip :)
Posted on: May 15, 2007

*marks on calender* Yay! I accept! Ill wear a flamenco skirt. And bring some...drink. Milk, of course. Zaid, don't forget your zimmer frame.
Posted on: May 16, 2007

hey! no planning without me! I want in!
Posted on: May 16, 2007

Yeah It will be in my house.
Posted on: May 17, 2007

Naaaaaaaaaah .......Saif It would be great only in my house , Tegan , Lelly Mike and Saifffffff am putting water in the ref. and waiting it to be frozen and since there is no power there , so I will wait till that time 08 july 2028 so as we could make it that time , N.B Mike and Tegan , dont forget to bring some ice , if not you will be FIRED from my party , Saif you are welcomed all the time heheheehhe
Posted on: May 17, 2007

Ice fetish, Zaid?
Posted on: May 18, 2007

I shouldn't be left responsible for something as important as ice! I'll do something silly like .. leave it out in the sun. Or because i'll be FORTY in 2028 I'll probably have Alzheimers disease by then and i'll forget the ice. Then how will your ice fetish be satisfied??
Posted on: May 21, 2007

No No dont think like that , coz we will have sons who will prepare evrything man , hehehe lelly you can come alone coz ur husband will disturb us hehehehehehe
Posted on: May 22, 2007

teehee,I don't have a husband! Oh wait, this is in about 20 years time. OK, well, he can carry my luggage of about two tons of ice and then I'll send him away. Tegan, 40 isnt that old...-_-Or won't be,huh LOL
Posted on: May 22, 2007

By 40 I plan to be a spinster with no husband, and i'll move to Romania and have alot of cats. I'm going to be one of those eccentric old ladies who tells crazy stories about how I invented the chestnut. Hey, maybe i'll bring chestnuts to the party!
Posted on: May 22, 2007

Iced chesnuts?
Posted on: May 25, 2007

excellent plan.
Posted on: May 27, 2007

yap
Posted on: May 27, 2007

so there were those rumors that there is going to be a party somewhere in about 20 years...ummmm, I wonder where that is, and I wonder why I was not invited :-? ???!!
Posted on: May 27, 2007

Well it's a very ELITE party. All the coolest kids. So I guess that means..... YOU would definately be invited! Don't bring chestnuts. They're already taken care of. Icy ones. :D *starts picking out party dresses*
Posted on: May 29, 2007

wooohoooo, I am one of the coolest kids *sparklin eyes* lelly, you'll bring milk?? I guess that leaves me the vodka!! hehehe my little black dress is waiting on my bed from now Tegan :D
Posted on: May 29, 2007

Im bringing MILKY vodka. Its got ground-up diamonds innit.pssh. god, milky vodka and iced chesnuts. some food. I guess we'll just have to have GOOD MUSIC to make up for it eh?
Posted on: May 31, 2007

nah, what we would really need is some dolma and tapsi :D "that's Iraqi food", that should fix it !! I absolutly agree on the music, we should start making our playlist from now, in 20 years we'll have something AWSOME :P
Posted on: June 01, 2007

You are talking about things that would enter my house ..... how dare are you ????!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am the boss here , Okay????????
Posted on: June 01, 2007

Yessir. I apologise.Please, Zaid, what will you eat/drink/wear?listen to? :(
Posted on: June 02, 2007

I bet Zaid is secretly a Prince fan and wears puffy shirts and leather pants.
Posted on: June 07, 2007

. . . . . . am too shy Tegan Lelly you are the 1st one , who are going to see my house ;)
Posted on: June 09, 2007

GOODY
Posted on: June 22, 2007

you had me suicidal, suicida. Serafino Raimondo.
Posted on: September 19, 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