Nadia's babies were safe. She had just received a phone call from Saudi Arabia informing her that her babies and her mother-in-law had crossed the border safely. She breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Nadia and her husband, Mansoor, were leaders in the Kuwaiti resistance movement since the beginning, and they had no illusions about the severity of the punishment if discovered. Feeling encumbered by the necessity to protect their four little ones, they had been less effective in their resistance work. Recognizing that their fears for their children were affecting their capabilities, Nadia and Mansoor made the painful decision to send them across the border into Saudi Arabia. They knew the trip through the desert would be an enormous risk but they felt that occupied Kuwait would become more violent as the days passed. And there was never a question in their minds of cooperating with the enemy. They opted for the danger of the desert.
Nadia felt her heart would break as she watched her children being driven away. Her emotions ranged from great hope to darkest terror. The long hours that she knew her babies were in acute danger were the hardest of her life. Any mother would understand the agony. But now she knew she had made the correct choice. Her babies were safe.
From the very beginning Nadia and Mansoor had worked with other Kuwaitis to help their besieged countrymen. Immediately after the invasion they had called a neighborhood meeting and organized themselves. The country had been emptied of fleeing medical personnel, so they worked in the hospitals and assisted the beleaguered medical staff. There was no provision to assist the orphanages, so they carried food to the children. The service sector of the country had ground to a halt, so they emptied the garbage and helped to bake bread. No task seemed too small or too large.
All Kuwaitis had been angry and sickened when they heard Hussein's false claim that the people of Kuwait had asked for Iraqi assistance in overthrowing the corrupt Al-Sabah regime. While it was true that 30,000 Kuwaitis had petitioned for a reinstatement of the Parliament, there had been no talk of overthrowing the government. The Parliament had been dismantled in 1986 due to political upheaval later associated with Iranian radicals. With the Iranian/ Iraqi war behind them, some Kuwaitis thought it was time to reinstate the Parliament. The Kuwaitis handled their problems in peaceable ways. Petitions were the style of their land. Meaty-looking men handling guns did not go over well in Kuwait. With defiant pride all Kuwaitis ignored Saddam Hussein's call for them to step forward and form a new government. They laughed when Saddam could not find one Kuwaiti out of 826,586 citizens to head his puppet government.
As the days passed, there was talk in the neighborhood. Everyone wanted to do even more than they were doing to further the cause of Kuwaiti independence. A decision was made to start a political movement inside the country along with the current civilian and military rebellion. It was decided that the women and children would hold peaceful marches. There was hope that the Iraqis would not fire on