I Survived The War But We Lost My Sister

  • Published on May 29, 2018
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    Zahra's Dad is from England, and her Mom is from Iraq - but she was born in England. When Zahra was seven years old her Mom suggested that the whole family go back to Iraq to see her side of the family, and she wanted to stay for awhile so that Zhara and her sisters and brotherts could really get to know them.
    Her Dad thought it was a crazy idea - that her Mom was out of her mind - after all, there was a war going on, it was dangerous, and not everyone there in Iraq was guaranteed to survive. But her Mom felt very strongly about it - she wanted Zahra and her sisters and brothers to see the place where she had been born and raised, where her family was - their grandparents and other relatives. And so, finally, their Dad gave in and agreed that they would go - war or no war - and they moved.
    Everything was fine for a couple of years, until Zahra turned nine. One night - it was actually 4:00 AM - Zahra woke to the sounds of yells, screams, and crying. She was confused at first, but something was definitely going on outside on the street. She went to the window and there, across the street, an entire building was on fire.
    She rushed into her Mom's room, woke her, and dragged her down the hall to her own room to show her. Her Mom let out a scream and then went quickly to wake the rest of the family. It didn't take long for them to realize that the war had come to them, their city was being attacked. Bombs were falling. There was nothing much they could do, in order to survive they needed to shelter in place and try to wait it out for as long as they could.
    But, after a few weeks they were running very low on food - they had been inside trying to avoid the war and survive since those first bombs fell. Her Dad saw that they wouldn't survive much longer without food and supplies and so he and Zahra's older sister packed some gear, gave out hugs and kisses to the family, and set out into the war torn city in search of food.
    After four days without any sign or word from her Dad and sister her Mom started to panic and they all started to fear for their safety and survival. They began to lose hope as time continued to drift by without their Father and sister returning, and finally, they felt there was nothing they could do except to pray, and so they did - and, a miracle, a mixed blessing, but a blessing nonetheless - their father appeared out of the smoke and haze of the street, alone.
    He was injured, exhausted, and not in good shape, crying - Zahra's sister was gone, forever.
    It has taken time, but Zahra has faith and a strong belief, and she knows that there was a purpose for her sister leaving this earth. And, she realizes that now her sister will be with her, by her side, forever and no matter what.
    As soon as they could they moved back to England, and now at thirteen years old, she is happy again. Her life is good and full of blessings. She survived the war but lost her sister, and she misses her of course, but, she also knows now that no matter how tough things get, even in war, they can and do get better.
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Comments • 39 428

  • julie burdett
    julie burdett 8 hours ago

    Am crying because like my gran died ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Rami Owaisepoipoh,
    Rami Owaisepoipoh, 9 hours ago

    Why the hell would your mom go to Iraq when she knows thereโ€™s a war what a mad lady

  • Squishie Master
    Squishie Master 11 hours ago

    Oww thats so sad... I hope she will find her sis at Heaven

  • GameFreak
    GameFreak 12 hours ago

    ur mom is a bitch

  • Nightmare Bonnie4563
    Nightmare Bonnie4563 14 hours ago

    ("_) ......

  • Fatema Hamdan
    Fatema Hamdan 17 hours ago

    Be positive about your feelings

  • erzebeth cavanaugh
    erzebeth cavanaugh 17 hours ago

    I can't think straight of loosing my sister or any fam member. I hope u r doing well with your family now.

  • Annette Piccari
    Annette Piccari Day ago

    Its ok

  • Harith Aljuboor
    Harith Aljuboor Day ago

    I am from Iraq

  • Kecia Williams
    Kecia Williams Day ago

    R.I.P Sister Enjoy Heaven!!!!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • gacha queen
    gacha queen Day ago

    What killed your sister... Like... Was she ran over, was she shot..

  • Reaperโ€™s Babe

    Thatโ€™s horrible, I feel so bad but the dad was right, when war is happening in a country, even if itโ€™s your own, donโ€™t freaking go there

  • Vicki Law
    Vicki Law Day ago

    This made me cry I'm so sorry

  • The Mexican King
    The Mexican King Day ago +1

    Where I live is a warzone with the bloods and crips i hope it ends but as long as your not affiliated in the wrong side your good

  • unicorn universe
    unicorn universe 2 days ago +1

    There a book bout world war 2 i think and it the same situation u had except she lost her home and so she had to live with her fake mom and real dad i think they had to go to Canada that all i can remember from my friend book im guessing it true and I'm sorry for ur loss

  • Janiah sapu
    Janiah sapu 2 days ago

    This was so sad I was crying a little (God bless)

  • Emily Alejo
    Emily Alejo 2 days ago


  • Noor and friends
    Noor and friends 2 days ago +1

    I can speak arabic

  • Emilie Parra
    Emilie Parra 2 days ago

    Oh no sorry about your sister

  • seancarlo good skeleton Crisostomo

    is story booth real or fake

  • Ornella Laurenti
    Ornella Laurenti 2 days ago

    What happened with your sister

  • Ysabelle Javellana
    Ysabelle Javellana 3 days ago

    this is so sad

  • Dan Boudwin
    Dan Boudwin 3 days ago

    I served the military but lost my brother we was in the army too

  • warriorduskfox YT
    warriorduskfox YT 3 days ago +2

    Was it in 2003 or 2014 cause America attacked iraq.

  • Kacey Soto
    Kacey Soto 3 days ago


  • Tom Tang
    Tom Tang 3 days ago

    Your sister might have gone to hell

  • Zaqkasha Freckleton
    Zaqkasha Freckleton 3 days ago

    That made me sad so sad๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Hawreng Dosky
    Hawreng Dosky 3 days ago

    Well im usa and my dad is iraq

  • -_- Whatโ€™s the WiFi password

    Da mom ish duam

  • Shweta Srivastava
    Shweta Srivastava 3 days ago

    Did your sister die if did 1like - 1payer

    DJSAUCEBOY Coco 4 days ago +1

    Your mom was the cost of that I'm so sorry for your lost ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™ she will go where the war is that is said๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Franco Garcia
    Franco Garcia 4 days ago

    My life went dark when my brother dide ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Michael Martinez
    Michael Martinez 4 days ago

    I'm sorry for your sister I hope she enjoyed and Heaven

  • Doge dude
    Doge dude 4 days ago +1

    Fuck all the people who disliked

  • April Russell
    April Russell 4 days ago


  • Gacha Chocolate :3
    Gacha Chocolate :3 4 days ago

    I live in Kuwait and there is A huge percentage that there will be a huge war very very soon

  • Sara Rahman
    Sara Rahman 4 days ago

    Why do people care about who's religion is who's and if they want them to be killed

  • Safia Rama
    Safia Rama 4 days ago

    pfft and they said mom knows best๐Ÿ˜’

  • Mystery Elite
    Mystery Elite 5 days ago +1

    When you realize that Iraq might go to another war but with the USA

  • Foxy UwU
    Foxy UwU 5 days ago

    Last week i was in a a place were the war was going on and i nearly died i got cuts and bruises every where ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜–

  • Nissa Barise
    Nissa Barise 5 days ago

    I am a Muslim

  • Victoria Mulla
    Victoria Mulla 5 days ago

    If I lost my sister I donโ€™t know what I would do. She was the first one to hold me when I was born.

  • RainbowLianne GT
    RainbowLianne GT 5 days ago +4

    0:39 Like if you spot the girlโ€™s face xD I JUST NOTICED THAT LOL XD

  • Soham Nandwani
    Soham Nandwani 5 days ago

    OMG this is so sad I almost cried

  • Nella Demeterova
    Nella Demeterova 5 days ago

    First of all why on earth would she go to Iraq if there was a war going on๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ?

  • Estan Brown
    Estan Brown 6 days ago +3

    Sorry but I think this stupid so please no hate ok?



  • MrHallow Naky
    MrHallow Naky 6 days ago

    people why canโ€™t we make peace together?

  • Yahay Althari
    Yahay Althari 6 days ago

    Iโ€™m from the dads

  • liqhtninq farron
    liqhtninq farron 6 days ago

    this is why you shouldn't ever travel to Iraq

  • zachifdu 07
    zachifdu 07 7 days ago

    What was the mom thinking??

  • Elizabeth vallejo
    Elizabeth vallejo 7 days ago

    Me to

    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago

      are you crazy? you're talking to yourself

  • Elizabeth vallejo
    Elizabeth vallejo 7 days ago

    Hello would you like a cup of tea

  • Elizabeth vallejo
    Elizabeth vallejo 7 days ago

    I feel bad for her family ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

  • Iris RV
    Iris RV 7 days ago

    If that happend to me i would say HELL NAH IM NOT GOING

  • CAT, FNAF and more 2

    Its the mom fault, she the person who wanted go

  • MobleyDick 169
    MobleyDick 169 7 days ago +1

    My mom me and my brothers
    Hm, no girl on the bottom left corn!

  • MobleyDick 169
    MobleyDick 169 7 days ago +7

    Ok last one.

    1 hour later
    โ€œOk last oneโ€

  • Janaina Harvey
    Janaina Harvey 7 days ago

    This made me cry soooo badly also Iโ€™m really sorry for your loss I know how it feels to lose someone that is important to you I hope you live a long life and prosper

  • ptokraft
    ptokraft 7 days ago

    Your mom sold

  • Marlene Acord
    Marlene Acord 7 days ago

    This is stupid I live there

  • Firefly
    Firefly 7 days ago +18

    MOVED?! I thought they just went for a visit. how long were they staying there?

  • Happy Kids Channel
    Happy Kids Channel 7 days ago

    my secrete is i am born in Arbil and i didnโ€™t wanted to tell anyone because i thought it was to wired for them๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐Ÿง•๐Ÿป๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€

  • Joem Nemenzo
    Joem Nemenzo 8 days ago

    What the taj mahal is in iraq the taj mahal is in india

  • Vannesa Cal aka green ft freddy

    Her sister died.I know

    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago


  • Makenzie Rubatino
    Makenzie Rubatino 8 days ago

    I am Literally crying for you I am so sorry Iโ€™m praying for you every day

  • Sharon Sharp
    Sharon Sharp 8 days ago

    Sorry for her loss ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • livie parada
    livie parada 8 days ago

    I'm so sorry ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’” for u

  • Ayna Shikhsayidova
    Ayna Shikhsayidova 8 days ago


    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago


  • Otherwise the price to ja Land

    Open stack them story booth because he is an oasis I saw it I think I saw him ever since I was sick or something like that

  • marcia anguizaca
    marcia anguizaca 8 days ago

    There was a war?! OMG I AM SO SORRY I wish you the best wishes and I hope you guys are doing great....๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ I feel so bad...... i hope god is talking to you you and telling you that your sister is doing well....I bet your sister misses u more....I wish u the best

  • Cookie Gaspar
    Cookie Gaspar 8 days ago

    Do you know what 2 sisters are in the story

    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago

      no i'm blind and deaf

  • Angeline Tansiyi
    Angeline Tansiyi 9 days ago

    Your Sister serve her right she should die

  • jing xu
    jing xu 9 days ago

    Why didnโ€™t you stay for like a month and then go back to England

  • PersonThatDoesVids
    PersonThatDoesVids 10 days ago

    Your mom is so stupid I donโ€™t even think this is real.

  • Zara Logue
    Zara Logue 10 days ago


    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago

      no one cares

  • rosy_clarity hoppy
    rosy_clarity hoppy 10 days ago

    R.i.p sister :(

  • Safia Reea
    Safia Reea 10 days ago

    Yeah but how did she die

  • Jacobe King
    Jacobe King 10 days ago

    Your mom is dumb why would she go to a place where war at ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

  • Ashtyn Pena
    Ashtyn Pena 10 days ago

    Iโ€™m going throw a war and I lost two of my bros

  • Marlini Lee
    Marlini Lee 10 days ago

    I wished the enemy's enjoyed heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ˜ผ

    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago

      +Marlini Lee what?

    • Marlini Lee
      Marlini Lee 10 days ago

      Enemy's st๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉnk

  • Yousif Salah
    Yousif Salah 10 days ago

    I live in Iraq and there is no such thing like that

    • Ellie x
      Ellie x 8 days ago

      Maybe this was some years ago

  • Sierra Brewer
    Sierra Brewer 11 days ago

    The mom is stupid

  • Puppy World
    Puppy World 11 days ago


  • Rekia Williams
    Rekia Williams 11 days ago +1

    If you hope the big sister gets better like plz

  • Proko
    Proko 11 days ago

    I can only imagine the guilt her mother has since she was the one who convinced the family to go to Iraq, and literally lost one of her children.

  • little narwhals vlogs
    little narwhals vlogs 11 days ago

    that was sad why did her sister have to dieeeeeeeeee it was sooooo sad

  • Kawaii Pastel
    Kawaii Pastel 11 days ago

    I literally almost cried..

  • Joseph Van Hei
    Joseph Van Hei 11 days ago

    I love you story booth

    • Blur
      Blur 6 days ago

      +storyboothHI story booth!

    • storybooth
      storybooth  11 days ago

      Love you!

  • Ryan Krosnoff
    Ryan Krosnoff 11 days ago

    This is why we have America and the biggest continent of the whole world Russia

  • Sammi Tran
    Sammi Tran 11 days ago

    This is back in 2006

  • GNK Playz
    GNK Playz 11 days ago


  • Koopaโ€ขBoyโ€ข47

    That's why you shouldn't go to a country that is at war


    Why would somebody just AGREE to go to a place where there is a WAR going ON !!

  • Perpetual Bramah
    Perpetual Bramah 11 days ago

    Ur mom is to heavy to grab and rush

  • hsmile12
    hsmile12 11 days ago

    Whoever disliked this has no heart

  • White Wind9
    White Wind9 11 days ago

    I think this is the mum's falult, but pls don't hate me. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Eva Janika
    Eva Janika 11 days ago

    I wish there wase peace and no vilence in the world

  • James Hintz
    James Hintz 11 days ago

    What parent would go to Iraq with a lot of children when a war is happeneing

  • Elissa Games roblox
    Elissa Games roblox 11 days ago

    Did anyone see the lipstick was shaped in a love heart โฃ

  • Brins B
    Brins B 12 days ago