Thursday, January 27, 2005

Let The Voting Start

Today, Iraqis went to the voting polls in my beautiful country Australia.

Reuters reported:

Iraqis in Australia danced in the streets on Friday, twirling scarfs and singing, and proudly displaying blue ink on their fingers which told the world they had cast the first votes in Iraq's long-awaited election.

Those who queued early on Friday to be amongst the first to cast their ballots urged their fellow countrymen and women back home to stand up to terror and vote for a democratic Iraq.

"People should not be afraid to vote," said Nassima Barzani, 68, proudly clutching a small Iraqi flag close to her chest as she waited to vote for the first time in her life.

Christian Assyrians from Iraq dressed in ornately embroidered traditional costumes with feathered caps began dancing, twirling and singing on a footpath. The beat of a drum and a high pitched flute added to the festive mood.

Iraqis in business suits walked arm in arm after casting ballots before work, while some acted like giddy tourists, snapping photographs of the voting as an historic memento.

"Iraqis are hugging each other, kissing each other, this is a wonderful day," said Abood. "I am born anew today."


There are times when I don't know what to say. This moment is one of those times. Sorry, I'm so happy and don't want to ruin the moment by saying any silly words.

BTW, they're talking about my neighborhood in Sydney. The voting poll is a 5-minute walk from where I lived. So yes, I missed the party and the atmosphere.

And last, Ahmed from Life in Baghdad has posted yesterday. It's a must read post.

UPDATE 01/28/2005:
Watch this video from MSNBC about the voting.

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