I used to. I often used to hope, as autumn painted forests with gold walnut brown or muted crimson, I so hoped to see Iraq’s face in the morning. To loosen water’s braids over me. To satisfy its mermaids with salty tears. To float over Abu l-Khaseeb’s rivulets [and] to ask the trees, “Do you, trees, know where my father’s grave is?” - Saadi Youssef
*A woman cries out the name of her missing son as U.S. Marines searched for evidence at a mass grave on May 14, 2003 in Hillah, Iraq. At least 2,000 bodies had been dug out at the site making it the largest mass grave discovered in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime… People had been searching for days for identity cards or other clues among the skeletons to try to find the remains of family members, including children, from the grave that locals say contained the remains of hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims executed by Saddam Hussein’s regime after their uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.