Life is quiet inside the green zone in spite of the "Day of Rage" that was held on Feb 25th. It all happened in the Square far away from us. This was promised to be an every Friday event but seems to have petered out already. Sad for the people who died that nothing has changed. Now it looks like I can drive to the Airport on Friday in the usual manner. On March 7th (not a Friday) they held a "day of regret" on the anniversary of their democratic election. These protests are about their own elected government not delivering on promises, including basic public services like stable electricity. Seems this is a complex place with a myriad of complex problems and sectarian issues on top of the usual political ones.
While it is comforting to be watched over by the PSDs, "compound living" is stressful in and of itself. There are few outlets other than those provided in the small enclosed compound and living in the same space with the same people for two months lacks the variety and freedom I am used to. Fortunately Rudy is a good cook and good food compensates for many other things that could drive one stir crazy. Not a situation for the faint of heart. You don't have to be crazy or an alcoholic to work here..... but it helps.
Or as Jamal has been known to say "just another day in paradise"
Haider & Rassie ready to take Helen to the Airport