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Trip 09 - 6b Old Playground
Trip 09 - 6a Old PlaygroundWe left Iraq yesterday after having the chance to visit a local Yazidi village called Sharia where children were going NUTS enjoying a year-old playground donated to the city by generous Christians from the U.S.  The city of 6000-9000 is a "collective" — a city of people that was created when Saddam forced people from their homes, destroyed their villages, & relocated them into one central location (better to control, I guess).

You can see pictures of their old playground above (click to enlarge):

Here are shots of the kids, the new playground, & their caretaker.

Trip 09 - 6c New Playground
Trip 09 - 6d New Playground
Trip 09 - 6e New Playground
Trip 09 - 6f Playground Caretaker

P.S. Have I got a border crossing story to tell.  It's coming to the blog, but I don't have time to tell everyone now.  Here a teaser: it involves me getting separated from our group & going back the wrong direction (by myself) with a very small-time smuggler.  :-)  No danger at any time.  Just a raised BP.  🙂