What could be so important?
I recently read that there are over 8 million blogs and that on average more than 35,000 new blogs go online each day. I always wondered what would compel a person to sit down and tell the whole world what is going on in their daily lives. What could possibly be that important? Now I know. Sometimes you learn something that you simply cannot believe is true, and when you find out it is true, you feel the need to make sure that everyone else knows about it. As my aunt would say, “you feel like shouting it from the mountaintops.” Well, here is my mountaintop. There are men and women who risked their lives to help our US soldiers in Iraq and now their lives are in danger. Not only are their lives in danger, but their whole family is danger. I started this project after learning about an Iraqi man who helped on military reconstruction projects, rebuilding schools in Iraq. He received repeated death threats but still kept working with the Americans. A friend and co-worker was killed, but he still kept working with the Americans. In fact, he kept working until insurgents kidnapped his 12-year old son. That was the final straw. After getting his son back, he and his family fled Iraq to a neighboring country. They are now refugees, living in conditions they never imagined possible when the father decided to work with the Americans. It really hit me to think that the son was only a year older than me. He was held by the kidnappers and beaten for over a week. Why? Because his father helped the Americans. Now it is our time to help them. The choice is clear and simple. Get involved! On the List Project and List Kids pages we offer many different ways to make a difference in the lives of these special families.