CRP is pleased to be associated with al-Thawra and Hussain Al-alaki in partnership with Iraq Solidarity Campaign. Iraq Solidarity Campaign is holding an on-auction of an original painting. Follow the link below to learn more and view the painting.
Ghosts of IraqThe ghosts fo Iraq, an original painting, will be given to the highest bidder! The
Ghosts of Iraq - painted by British soldier, Martin Webster is being auctioned off with proceeds going to Collateral RepairProject in Jordan who are providing aid and assistance to Iraqi Refugees.
Ghosts of Iraq - painted by British soldier, Martin Webster is being auctioned off with proceeds going to Collateral Repair Project in Jordan. We are providing aid and assistance to Iraqi Refugees.
The poem below was written by a British-Iraqi veteran of WWI and submitted by Hussain Al-alaki and speaks as poignantly today as it did in 1920.
AFTERMATH by Siegfried Sassoon (1920)
Siegfried Sassoon 1920
HAVE you forgotten yet?... For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go, Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare. But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game... Have you forgotten yet?... Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.
Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz-- The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets? Do you remember the rats; and the stench Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench-- And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain? Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'
Do you remember that hour of din before the attack-- And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men? Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?
Have you forgotten yet?... Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.
The Collateral Repair Project is a grassroots movement, created to address the
catastrophic displacement of the five million Iraqis who had to leave behind their homes
and communities because of the violence and instability that is the result of the invasion
and occupation of their country.
We bring together the small, overlooked, incidental persons on both sides of the conflict
who grieve and ask: What can we do?