When Ali Daqdouq returned home after school, in his Southern village of Sultaniyyeh, he was so excited about the adventures of his first day of school this year that he could barely catch his breath while telling his mother about them. He threw his old school bag aside and took off his used school uniform. He had his lunch and went to his neighbor and friend, Amal, to play videogames, just as he used to do in the afternoons of the summer break.
One of the couple of millions unexploded cluster bomblets (the ones Bush and Rice supplied to Israel and the IDF in turn salted the South with during summer 2006) took Ali’s life. Ali wasn’t the first casualty of leftover bomblets in Sultaniyyeh. Less than a year ago, young Hussein Daqdouq died because another unexploded bomblet decided to go off. The lives and livelihoods of more than a couple of hundreds has been taken away by these cluster bomblets since the war “ended”.
The area around Ali’s home was checked and cleared by organizations ridding the South of the unexploded ordnance. The area was declared safe after two bombs were found and secured. It turned out that they missed at least a third.
Yesterday the village of Sultaniyyeh buried the six-year-old Ali. His father Hussein is speechless, his two sisters Sarah and Zeinab cry and pray for his soul. The village of Sultaniyyeh is mourning.
Did Saad tell Bush and Rice about Ali when they met today?