Saturday, October 15, 2005

Voting photos from Baghdad

My brother took some photos for me near a polling station and i like to share them with you.

A little kid with his blue finger

A citizen celebrating

A policeman voted earlier

People heading for polling station

People voting

70 Comments:

At 3:09 PM, Blogger _gentle said...

It makes me smile to view positive images from Iraq. Our media is flooded but nothing but negative reports and I just wanted to say, thank you.

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures. It is one small step for a man; a giant leap for Iraqis and for humanity. Congratulations!

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger DagneyT said...

What a joy to see those beautiful blue fingers!

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger doug said...

Thank you for the pictures.Most people here in North America would have breakdowns if they had to live as Iraqis have for decades.

God bless and long live the NEW IRAQ.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anthony said...

Greetings from New York City. Those pictures are truly inspiring, thank you for sharing them. May God save Iraq and her people.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Flatlander said...

Thanks for the views. This is a huge step forward!!

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous StanB713 said...

Thank you for these photos. The Iraqi people honor us with their courage and perserverance. God Bless you all.

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger erp said...

Nice to see men and women voting together. Next the burqa will go and Iraqis will truly be free.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Chevy Rose said...

Hello from Houston, Texas USA.
Congratulations on being in history books forever by having the special opportunity to vote on your country's constitution. Ours is over 200 years old, so I didn't get to vote. But I believe they voted correctly.
We keep Iraq in our prayers to blossom into a wonderful free and strong country.
I look forward to the day that our help and support is no longer needed and our troops can come home. That will be a wonderful day for the entire world.

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful images. It took the United States 13 years to nail down a constitution. Iraq is way ahead on the path to freedom!

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger dcat said...

Thanks Sooni! :)

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Wonderful pictures! I hope all goes well for these brave people. Thanks so much for the post.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger CMAR II said...

Good on ya, Sooni!

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger betsy said...

Wonderful pictures! I too love to see the smiles on the voters' faces. I notice there is a person with "Press" on the back of his flak jacket .. wonder who that is and just what he will write? Could it be Michael Yon? Congrats, Iraq, you're doing well.

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger Mike O said...

Great pictures, especially when the only non-Iraqis seen in them is the press; fully Iraqi security. Your country, your polls, your election. Someday I hope American tourists significantly outnumber American troops in Iraq (although- considering the normal American tourist- I'm not sure that would be a good deal for Iraq :))

Way to go, Iraq!!

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooni

Thank you for the photos.

Our families in Baghdad are celebrating with several sheeps today for the constitution in iftar?

God bless Iraq and those who helped its people reach today in history.

Kind regards

Hameed Abid

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger Amadeo said...

Hello and good luck from Northern California.

Pictures indeed speak a thousand words, and maybe more if taken from the pages of media of the rest of the world.

We salute your efforts - to be free and empowered.

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Brave Iraqi People!
God Bless you and your new free country!

 
At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt these photos will never grace the pages of the NY Times, but those of us who want the truth seek it on the Internet. God bless the Iraqis in their quest for freedom and God bless our troops.

 
At 6:42 PM, Anonymous From Southern Ohio said...

It is great to see the Iraqi people voting even bringing their children to witness the voting process. Seems to be the only way we can really see what is truly going on in Iraq. Our media just wants to concentrate on the bad news in Iraq.

Congratulations to all the Iraqi citizens.

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the family of free nations.

 
At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Lynda said...

Thank you for the photos! It is so wonderful to see the joy on the faces of the Iraqis.

Let freedom reign! Congratulations on a free Iraq.

 
At 6:52 PM, Anonymous James Lewis said...

Your pictures bring home to us the reality of the courage and steadfastness of the Iraqi people. We can learn a lot from them.

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you.

 
At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes! show the world that freedom and democracy is possible...not easy at times...but very possible. let this be an encouragement to everyone else in non-democratic countries to stand up. let this be an example to the insurgents to become a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. i just wish that the main stream media here in the u.s. would show some good news about whats going on there, not just " x number of people were killed today in iraq..." give people hope. take care iraqis.

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Samuel said...

While we Americans are worried about the outcome of Saturday's football games, you Iraqis are showing us what is truly important. Instead of "Go UCLA," it's "Go Iraqis." You Iraqis are showing us what is truly important - democracy and the right to vote for a Constitution of your choice. May you all enjoy good health and a long and prosperous free life! So - "GO IRAQ," the overwhelming majority of Americans honor and respect you.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Maggie45 said...

This is truly inspiring!!! Thank you so much for sharing the photos, and congratulations on your new democracy!

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger Leap Frog said...

As "_gentle" said, your pictures made me smile and as others have said they are beautiful thank you for sharing them, as I won't see them here through my biased media. Unfortunately in Canada they bow to BBC for their news sources (disgusting! sigh) right now they are claiming 'maybe 50% of all eligible voters voted'. Nice eh?

Just so you know, as far as Iraqi is concerned I stick with blogs like this now, so I'm getting a much truer picture.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Autumn said...

Thank you for the pictures, there is a dirth of them on tv right now. I thought such a momentous thing would be covered wall to wall.
Thanks god we have the blogs!
Iraqi people are truly inspirational!

 
At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS IRAQ!

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger exguru said...

Today's photos are historic, and should be held sacred in your family for many generations. Let us pray Free Iraq is now well-launched, and will sail the peaceful oceans of the world forever.

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you and your fellow countrymen. No matter wehich way the vote goes, you will all have won as Iraqis realize that their vote counts. This is the beginning of a great and positive change.

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm glad that the elections were mostly free from the chaos that called"the insurgency".i hope you brave people of iraq can finally be on your way to peace and happiness.war is stupid.i'm a navy vet who fought in the first gulf war.all the best

 
At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell your brother thank you for these heartwarming pictures!

And thank you for showing them to us.

:)

Michelle

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger Jeffrey said...

Hold it, did someone mention FOOTBALL?

Sorry, gotta REPRESENT.

GO HAWKEYES!

The Big Ten ROOOLZ!!!

*

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. I am glad to see progress in Iraq ans I pray for the Iraqi people. Good luck to you all and know the true intention of GWB!

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger T J Olson said...

I salute you, noble Iraqi citizens!

(These photos make this American cry tears of joy for you.)

Liberty, freedom - these must be won by blood, sweat and toil. (Later, we can carp - but only because we have earned this right, too.)

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Macker said...

I see these and other wonderful photos of what's happening over there in your country. It's truly historic. And all I can say is this:

IRAQ WINS THE ELECTION!

 
At 2:09 AM, Blogger Damian G. said...

YEA!!!

GO IRAQIS!!!

GOD BLESS IRAQ!!!

 
At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats!

 
At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA:
God helps those who help themselves! Keep up the good work and may God bless your efforts to vote freedom and democracy into your lives and into the lives of your children and your children's children. Sic Semper Tyrannis!
A.D.S.

 
At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Yankee Division Son - MA, USA said...

Sooni,

Thank you for posting these pictures of the voting today. It's really heartwarming to see the Iraqi people with such happy faces as they determine their own future.

I'm so glad that for the most part it was peacefull today, and so many went to vote and make their voices known.

Take care of yourself, I belive the future is bright for you..

 
At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you. Congratulations, Iraq.

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Dinah Lord said...

Freedom is on the march in Iraq. Thanks for the great images. We only wish you the best in your new democracy. You can do it!

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Pebble said...

Amazing photo's, what a great day!

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger City Troll said...

Great Pix of a great day congradulations to All Iraqies

 
At 8:23 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

God bless you all! You look great - all of you strong and beautiful.

Congratulations and THANK YOU for being so brave!!

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear sooni,
i am an iraqi living in the USA and I say thank you for those pictures and admire all those who took part in the referundum and to make a difference. We are all Iraqis and there is no diference between sunnis, shias, kurds and all. For Iraq's sake let us all unite and go back to the good old days. Thank you once again and Allah bless you all.

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous David H. Adams said...

May Allah bless the Iraqi people
forever.I have seen you suffering
and I have seen you mourning. Lately,I hasve seen you fighting for your new country and voting for
your freedom. I am happy to live in
these times to witness your victory.

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger Aliveritas said...

May your country be blessed.
I am proud of you and will continue to pray for Iraq.
This day in history will never forgotten by your children and grandchildren.

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sooni:

From this day forward a new phrase has entered the Iraqi vocabulary.
"We, the people"

 
At 1:10 AM, Anonymous Rebecca Hatch said...

Thanks for the awesome pictures of the free Iraq people.
It is so nice to see and hear the positive side since most
all we hear from the main stream media is the negative.
I pray for the people of Iraq that they will enjoy their
new democracy. Also, thanks to our great President,
George Bush, for sticking to his guns to help free these
people.
God Bless,
Becky Hatch

 
At 4:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful pictures. These mean a great deal
to freedom loving people all over the world and especially they mean so much to those families who have lost loved ones to the terrorists.
Iraqis are some of the bravest people on the planet. Enjoy your new democracy and show the world what the Middle East can become.
-A Proud American

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still wondering how the boy that got both his arms blown off by US bombs voted.

 
At 3:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same way the seven men who had their hands surgically removed by Saddam's doctors. At least we regret the lost and pain that young boy suffered.

Beyond that - please forward my congratulations and respect to the Iraqi people. I hope my precinct has purple ink for the next election - it represents a lesson in courage that Americans can learn from you.

KenMc - Indianapolis

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Clive Davis said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Elmer The Fudd said...

They should of inked the middle finger so they could show that to the rest of the world !!

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger D.C. said...

Dear Sooni,

Congratulations to you and yours on Iraq's great achievements!
Thank you so much for sharing these precious momentos with us.

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous chris Edwards said...

Thank you for your blog, your time is well spent, if we listen to our media you are worse off than before, without the internet and people like you we would know nothing, well done and keep it up.
Chris
Cornwall England

 
At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice pictures..
but u said that u brother took the pictures for u near the polling station, but i did not notes u... so even u r the old man with the nice butt or the man who is dancing or the police man or the girl with the orange T shirt or the one who is hiding behind the jersy barries??

just joking ...

hope u and Iraq all the luck and god bless u all.

(Person hope to breathe)

 
At 2:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

these pictures are such an inspiration to us in America. I just brings a smile to see the people of Iraq embarking on the road to a free people, a people with democracy. Hats off to you all and God bless you all, Kelly in Massachusetts

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FREE! HOORAY FOR IRAQ!

 
At 2:22 AM, Blogger Howlleo said...

HI, I'm a newspaper reporter for my college paper. I wanted to know if I have permission to use some photos from your blog for an article on the other side of Iraq, that our media rarely portrays. We want pictures of voting, fun, day-to-day life...
you can email me at TouroTranscripts@gmail.com
Thanks.
Lon

 
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At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope God blesses ur country lol

 
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At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont see, there is a diference between living in iraq before and after the invasion of USA into this country. Beside of the missing soldiers of the IRAQ, who were murdered when they defends their country. USA - STUPID nation...

 
At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about in muqdadiwaniyah to knock down that extra big tall parking lot?

 

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