This post was originally planned for the 2nd of August but – since I hadn’t yet taken the photos and I was out of the country – I had to be home before I could write it. Around this time last year, I saw my ‘collection’ from 1990/91 and I decided then that I would post it this year: the twentieth anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
I was just under sixteen years old when I collected these documents. We were living in London at the time, my father was doing his research at a London University. I still remember the day of the invasion. I woke up hearing the news on the TV, and it was too early in the morning for TV to be on in the first place. It was the weather and I wondered what was going on… when my father told me that Kuwait was ‘gone!’ and that ‘we’re praying for her return’. I didn’t understand how a place could go… Where to? How?