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Home is Arab love

Among other Arabs, the Iraqi accent is really distinct. In the world, two things come to mind: one is that Iraqis come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. I think we as a collective look the most diverse of any other Arab country. What makes someone Iraqi is not their looks, it's their blood. You can talk to someone, feel their energy, and know if they are Iraqi. The second is a thirst for knowledge. Iraq has always been the intellectual hub of the Middle East and the world. It permeates in Iraqi blood to be curious, to read, to learn more about history, the world, other cultures, other religions, other languages. Iraqis make seeking knowledge a character trait. There's also a friendliness to Iraqis that you don't see in other Arab countries. A fierce loyalty to other Iraqis especially. Every interaction is full of adoration and charm, and there's no question of intentions. We carry a swagger-type-ego similar to that of New Yorkers, but instead of rudeness, it's cool to be sweet, to be kind, and to show affection.


Home is being around others who know that I have Iraqi blood before I even introduce myself. Home is a place where no one questions my identity. Home smells like incense and sounds like a live body of water. Home is a place where intimacy, hugs, kisses, physical touch as a form of affection, is normal, expected, and appreciated. Home is Arab love.

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