Last summer Riverbend wrote about the friends she knew who were leaving Iraq to escape the violence. Now, so very late, she and her family are finally planning to leave as well. As she's been so silent for so long, I've wondered how she was doing. And I've hoped that this particular Iraqi family who is so real to me would escape the violence and horror in Iraq. Even though they have finally decided they must leave, the road away from Iraq is filled with many, many obstacles and dangers. River, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find a safe haven soon.
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