This month (March) is the first month of spring. Mosul was known as the city of two springs because in autumn the nature look like it is in spring.
But this spring is different. Citizens of Mosul used to go to the flat areas surrounding the city for picnics, every holiday, every Friday and even daily in the afternoon, you see families scattered at the green areas and the children playing football (soccer).
Those thing will not be seen any more, nobody dares to get out of his house unless for the utmost necessity. Today is Friday and we are all in the house, for two reasons:
First because of security purposes, and second because three member of the family have flu.
Those days, there is an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection with high fever, running nose, cough and malaise. It is caused by viral infection and spreads from one patient to another by droplet infection, Sneezing, coughing and even respiration may spread the disease.
My two daughters Najma and NHK had the disease first, when they got better, their mother, Aya and her mother got it next, till now I am the only one who didn't get the illness.
So we all are house-prisoners, with no electricity (the neighborhood generator was exhausted and needs rebuilding, so they took it away to fix it), thank God the temperature is very moderate, there is no need for air conditioners, although we still use the small kerosene heaters because the patients feel cold.
BTW, the problem of fuel ended few days ago, especially for the gasoline. Kerosene is also available now but very expensive (more than 10 times of its original price).