Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Perspective: 'We were a couple without enemies'

Left: Friends provide security at a wedding in Baghdad.

When Rana Jalil, 22, wed her fiancé, 25-year-old engineer Ahmed Adnan on 23 March, after four years of engagement, she did not expect her dream would turn into a nightmare on her wedding day.

On that day Jalil saw dozens of masked militants invade her wedding party. They entered the room where the party was being held and began shooting to death many of those present, including her father, her fiancé and a five-year-old nephew.

"It was cowardice. They destroyed my future and my dreams without excuses, turning my white bridal gown into a lake of blood and pain.

"We were a couple without enemies."

Read the rest at Reuters/Alternet