The world hardly notices it anymore, but daily bombs still explode in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Only when the number of casualties is high the attack gets mentioned; like the three explosions that recently caused over a hundred deaths in different parts of the city.
Not only has the international media gotten used to the violence in
Iraq, Iraqis themselves too leave their homes daily and go about their
business, almost as if they want to block out the reality of the dangers
that engulf them.
While in Europe every bomb attack shakes a whole nation, and even those
around it, leading to people making monuments with flowers and toys for
the victims, in Baghdad traders and civilians go back to the targeted
market as soon as the blood is washed away.
In Europe the media give the victims names and faces, while in Baghdad
only the exceptional ones get some attention. Even though they are
labelled as martyrs, and should therefore be revered, most are soon
forgotten in the news of the next attack.
When I was in Baghdad recently people complained about this, as they
expected the government not only to do more to remember their beloved
ones, but also to prevent the attacks.