From the eyes of one Iraqi living in Libya
. . . . Iraq . . . Mesopotamia . . . the land between two rivers, where the oldest civilizations on this planet rose. Where words were written for the first time in history. Where poetry, beauty and art were highly appreciated. Where Gods met man for the first time and fell in love with him. Despite the wars, massacres, invasions, floods and tyrants this country has always managed to survive. Even in these hard times it will survive . . . Iraq . . .will exist forever.
. . . . Iraq is located in the Middle East, surrounded by Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Turkey. Iraq occupies a land of 437.072 sq km and has a population of about 25 million. Baghdad is the capital; it’s located in the middle between two rivers. The administrative divisions are 18 governorates. The biggest and most famous cities after Baghdad are Mousel, Basra, Najaf and Anbar.
. . . . The people in Iraq consist of different ethnic groups: Arabs, Kurdish and Turkoman. They are of different religions: Muslim (Shi’a and Sunni) and Christian. Iraq is like a mosaic picture, but when you are there you can’t feel the differences because the people live in peace with each other and melt into one society.
. . . . Iraq has a beautiful different nature, the mountains are in the north, the reedy marshes in the south with large flooded areas and a wide area of desert o the west. There are 2 rivers in Iraq: Euphrates and Tigris. Between them there is a very fertile land rich with plants which make a good source for the agricultural products like wheat, barley, rice, cotton, dates and many kinds of fruits and vegetables. The climate in Iraq is mild to cool winter with dry, hot and cloudless summers. North mountainous regions along the Iranian and Turkish border experience cold wind with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq.
. . . . Iraq’s economy is dominated by the oil sector which has traditionally provided about 95% of foreign exchange earning. Iraq exports about 1.7 million gallons per day. There are other natural sources like natural gas, phosphates and sulfur. The currency is the Iraqi dinar. The transportation in Iraq is by railways, highways and waterways.
. . . . Iraq is a blessed land of goods, fortunes, cultures and civilizations which have extended for thousands of years.
Dr. Dalia Al-Kahtab