Anxiety gripped Baghdad’s 5 million residents at the start of another night of bombing.
“Kids go to bed early, but they go crazy at the sound of bombs and anti-aircraft guns,” said Ibrahim Farhan, a teacher.
Numan Abdulkarim, out shopping for Ramadan, said he would pray all night his wife and three grown children would be able to have their Suhoor–the meal served before dawn during Ramadan–to the sound of Koran recitations and not bombs.
“We are by nature a peaceful people, but I do not know what has happened to us,” he said.
“Iraqis pray for end as Ramadan begins”
Associated Press with files from Reuters
Ottawa Sun, December 19, 1998, p. 19.