Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
My name is Vivian Ali and I am 16 years old and 10th grade. Because of the bad security situation in I Iraq we were driven out Iraq. We came to Syria. While in Iraq my brother got kidnapped in 2006, but was eventually released. My other brother who was 12 years old was killed as he was caught in the middle of a fight between a militia group and a security check-point guards. After the two accidents, my family was demolished leading us to be desperate.
After what happened to my family it became difficult for me to concentrate on my study and my future turn to be vague so it was for my brother, sister and parents.
I would really like to complete my study and look forward to achieve my goals to become clever in my studies and be good in English no matter what the obstacles are.
My hobbies are swimming, listening to the music and play basketball. My favorite musical instrument is the keyboard. My favorite actors are Brad Bit and Angelina Julie.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Another Excerpts from chat between students in Damascus and students at the Ross School in E. Hampton, New York, on Friday , April 25
Ross school: our students will come up to screen so it's close by
Iraqi students: hello back to you
Iraqi students we can't see you clearly
Iraqi students: the hi
Iraqi students: we have here amir, asala, zahra and nurmeen
Ross school: hi
Iraqi students: (that's from right to left)
Ross school: my name is kirsten
Ross school: you are all beautiful too
Ross school: i am 16 years old
Ross school: do you play on a team?
Ross school: could you move the chair please
Ross school: theres something in fron of the screen
Ross school: oh perfect
Ross school: do you have Mcdonalds over there?
Ross school: i play forward as well
Ross school: yes we have a lot of Mcdonalds here
Ross school: so u play soccer
Ross school: cool
Ross school: I used to play defense
Ross school: do the girls play soccer too
Iraqi students: can you hear us
Iraqi students: who are we looking at on screen now
Ross school: my name is taylor again
Iraqi students: amir says that they have to wait until school closes and then they jump over the fence and use the soccer field
Ross school: hey
Ross school: my name is kenny and im 16 years old
Iraqi students: zahra wants to know if you think what is happening in iraq is fair
Iraqi students: and also hello kenny, how are you
Ross school: im good and i think the situation in iraq is not fair
Iraqi students: we are enjoying this because it gives us a chance to talk to students our age or older
Iraqi students: btw, amir is 11, asala is 13, zahra is 13 and nurmeen is 16
Ross school: i read your blogs and i think it was sad with all you had to endure
Ross school: all of the students in my grade are around 16 or 17
Iraqi students: zahra says we have alll applied for resettlement (with the United Nations)
Iraqi students: zahra wants to go to new York
Iraqi students: asala wants to go to michigan
Ross school: how many days of week do you go to school
Iraqi students: five days
Iraqi students : friday and saturday is our weekend
Ross school: why does zahra want to go new york and asala go to michigan...do you want to go to school there?
Iraqi students: i just like the idea of going to new york, and asala has relatvies in michigan
Ross school: oh thas nice
Ross school: new york is a very fun place
Iraqi students: why don't you come visit us on your summer holiday?
Iraqi students: zahra says that makes her more excited
Iraqi students: what is fun about New York?
Ross school: it paused
Ross school: goodbye my friend daniel is going to talk now
Iraqi students: i think we just lost the connection for a second
Iraqi students: maybe the electricity
Iraqi student's: hello daniel
Ross school: hi my name is Daniel and Im 17
Ross school: do you lose electricity alot
Iraqi students: not that often
Ross school: what about Iraq
Iraqi students: do you ever have shortages in electricity
Iraqi students in Iraq, always
Iraqi students: it is off
Ross school: no its a very rare event
Iraqi students what are your hobbies, daniel
Ross school: well I like to play sports like lacrosse and read
Ross school: do you have lacrosse in syria or Iraq
Iraqi students: what is lacrosse
Iraqi students: asala wanted to be a ballet dancer
Iraqi students: zahra writes poetry
Ross school: lacrosse is a sport where you have to carry a ball with lacrosse sticks into a goal
Iraqi students: also she writes and plays soccer
Ross school: could you send us something that you wrote
Ross school: we would really like to read it
Iraqi student's: but the ballet school in iraq was closed, and in Syria they told me i was too old
Iraqi students: nurmeen plays basketball and karate
Ross school: you are never too old to dance
Iraqi students: zahra says she will send a poem
Ross school: do you take karate in school
Ross school: what subjects do you learn in school
Iraqi students: nurmeen also plays soccer
Iraqi students: there is a club for karate outside of school
Iraqi students: she is the second in the republic of Syria for her age
Ross school: what position do you play in soccer?
Iraqi student's: and weight
Iraqi student's: striker
Ross school: my turn is done
Ross school: goodbye i am going to put Stepahnie on
Ross school: thank you
Ross school: bye
Iraqi students: arabic, english, history, geograpy, science, music, history, arab culture and history, religion
Iraqi students: bye
Iraqi students: hello stephanie
Ross school: can the karate kid raise their hand?
Ross school: we're trying to figure out who everyone is
Iraqi students nurmeen is in the black baseball cap
Ross school: my name is stephanie
Ross school: i'm 16
Iraqi students: tomorrow we are going to tartous (it is on the meditteranean) and we wish you could come with us
Ross school: aw that's really nice
Ross school: we wish you all could come here
Iraqi students: zahra is next to nurmeen
Iraqi students: then asala
Iraqi students: and amir
Ross school: zahra looks like one of our friends over here
Ross school: how are you guys doing in school? is it difficult because it's syrian
Iraqi students: we have more materials in syria
Iraqi students and also, for example, we start english in the first grade instead of the 5th grade in iraq
Ross school: is that good?
Ross school: would you rather be in school in Iraq or in Syria
Iraqi students: we think it is good that there are more materials, we can learn more
Iraqi students in Iraq
Ross school: what kind of music do you guys like?
Iraqi students: asala says that the teachers call us "strangers"
Ross school: just because you're Iraqi?
Iraqi students: she fought w/a girl the other day at school and when they were sent to the teacher, they blamed her because she is a "stranger"
Iraqi students: yes, beacuse we are iraqi
Ross school: just show them you're karate
Iraqi students: haha
Iraqi students western music like mozart
Ross school: wow that's extremely impressive
Iraqi students is it winter or summer there
Ross school: it is spring, a few weeks away from summer
Ross school: we live by the ocean
Iraqi students: we also like arabic singers
Iraqi students like abdel halim hafez (Egyptian)
Ross school: are there any Syrians at school that understand your problems and are sympathetic about them
Ross school: can you post some music on the website
Ross school: so we can hear it too
Iraqi students: and hussam al-rassam and kadhim al-sahra, both iraqi
Iraqi students: we will do that
Iraqi students: yes
Iraqi students: there are
Ross school: we have a friend looking for it now so we can hear it
Ross school: i listen to a lot of music like lil wayne, justin timberlake, maroon 5
Ross school: there's a little rap, hip hop and pop
Ross school: with those people
Iraqi students: we don't know them
Iraqi students: can you send them to us?
Ross school: we'll try to send them to you yes
Iraqi students asala wants to know if you like dean martin
Ross school: i love dean martin
manka says: i like frank sinatra and all of the rat pack as well
Iraqi students: and nurmeen says she likes michael jackson
Ross school: everyone loves michael Jackson!
Iraqi students we like movies with angelina jolie and brad pitt
Ross school: that's really funny.
Ross school: I'm going to let my friend Kirsten talk to you again
Ross school: bye!
Iraqi students: bye
Ross school: i was wondering what your future goals are? Where do you see yourselves in 5 years from now?
Iraqi students: amir wants to be a professional soccer player
Iraqi students asala wants to be a journalist
Iraqi students: (she's in the middle of the picture)
Iraqi students nurmeen wants to be a police woman
Ross school: thats a great profession and very admired in the United States
Iraqi students: and zahra wants to be a pediatrician
Ross school: do you all plan on going to college?
Iraqi students: yes
Iraqi students: we all want to go to college
Iraqi students: al-jazeera
Ross school: we watched control room which is about Al-Jazeera
Ross school: would you ever consider coming to America to go to college?
Iraqi students: asala has seen the film
Iraqi students: of course, we would love to
Ross school: we would love you to come study with us
Iraqi students: asala says she wants to go to beverly hills school in las vegas
Iraqi students: she saw it in a movie
Ross school: las vegas is a very fun and crazy city to visit!
Iraqi students: we wish to, if you can help us
Ross school we will try to help, how can we?
Iraqi students: invite and sponsor us
Ross school: it is a very long process, how do we start?
Iraqi students: you give us a letter to take to the US embassy when we apply for a visa
Iraqi students: it can take some months to get teh visa
Ross school: we are very interested in this process
Iraqi students: we are very happy
Ross school: would your parents come to America with you?
Iraqi students: they will let us come by ourselves, but we would like to have them with us
Ross school: of course, we will find out what paper work is needed for this project, it is long and difficult but we are very inspired to send you over here to recieve the permission
Ross school: we will research what is needed
Ross school: our class is over now, so we have to go, but we hope to talk to you next week
Ross school: it was so nice meeting/speaking with you
Ross school: thank you!!!
Iraqi students: thank you
Iraqi students: we do too
Iraqi students: it was nice talking to you
Saturday, May 3, 2008
My name is Evan Ali. I'm 16 years old and in 9th grade. We left my country because the security is bad. My brother was kidnapped, but is with us in Syria now. My uncle was killed by armed militias.
Now I live with my family in Syria, I am continuing my studies here. I face some difficulties in my studies but it's necessary that I compensate this year so I don't forget what I learned in Iraq. I wish that one day I can be policeman to serve my country.My hobbies are playing the guitar, and listening to music. I like Michael Jackson.