It's been a while since we've heard from Ahmed Abdullah. Ahmed keeps a diary for The Story from Baghdad where he lives and works as a journalist.
The last few weeks have been one of the worst periods for car bombs and factional violence. A grenade from a rocket-propelled grenade launcher landed in his backyard a while back. It blew out all of his windows and severed his internet connection. It took Ahmed a long time to get everything working again.
Ahmed tells us that right now in Baghdad, events that would normally be fun occasions are now just fractured reflections of the chaos where he lives.