It looks as if I might not be seeing you for a while. The coronavirus pandemic has really turned our world upside down. I was glad and relieved to get out of Iraq before they closed down the airport. Given everything that is happening with the global economy, I’m not sure I will be able to go back there for work. Nobody knows what the future holds. But I do hope to travel and finally see the real Basra and beyond, not just from the window seat like the past two years. Perhaps this break would give me a good opportunity to recollect my thoughts about this experience, and hopefully come up with some new contents for the Basra Diary Project.
Until then, Basra, take good care and, Insha Allah, we’ll meet again.