Tuesday, August 09, 2005

sandstorm in baghdad

AFP Images

I've been noticing more and more that the weather has been acting strangely. At first I thought it was just a Florida thing, but I guess its happening everywhere.

"You can barely see 15 meters (yards) ahead," said police Captain Ali Hussein as he struggled to cope with the sandy onslaught at his traffic post in a central Baghdad square. He said traffic was very light "and those who drive have their vehicle headlights on and are either driving very slowly, or very fast to reach their destination quickly." "I have never seen anything like this before," Hussein said, wearing dark sunglasses and a mouth-cover, but his uniform covered in dust.

It's reassuring to know that capitalism is alive and well in Iraq.

A street away, a tea stall owner, Saddam, had also turned himself into a mask seller. "I bought from that shopkeeper some packets of these masks and am now selling them on," he said. "It is good money. I am selling each piece for 250 dinars, much better than selling tea. I hope this weather lasts for sometime."


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