632530852_56ffb00935_m.thumbnail.jpgToday we received word that Ali, the brother of Mohammed Ibn Laith of Gorilla’s Guide and nephew of Dr. Maryam, died in Baghdad of burns he received last year very early this morning in an airstrike on Sadr city.  He had recently recovered from injuries he received last year in a US airstrike that killed his parents.

He was 9 years old.

Seventeen year-old Mohammed did his best. He was shot at by US forces when he approached a roadblock trying to carry Ali to a hospital. He wrote this about clearing a bomb site and looking for his missing father:

What will we talk about today you and I? I do not want to talk about last Saturday. Shall we talk about peace? I would like to talk about peace. I love the word. No, perhaps we are not ready to talk of peace yet you and I, we are not at peace, we are not even at truce.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Siun, Du, Mark from Ireland, Dr. Maryam, Mohammed and everyone at the Gorilla’s Guide. There really are no words so please observe a moment of silence in memory of Ali.