I came across Riverbend's blog several years ago, around the time when Salam Pax was ending his stint over at Where is Raed? I didn't follow her blog regularly, but then in 2005 I read the whole first year of her blog posts in a book format. Reading the blog posts as a diary/book was a very deeply moving experience for me.
I kept following her blog after that, checking back every month or so as her posting got more and more infrequent. Then, finally in April she announced the intention of her family to leave Iraq. It was one of the saddest blog posts from Riverbend.
For the past few months, I had been expecting an update on the situation. Finally, earlier this week Riverbend updated her blog. Her family has now sought refuge in Syria.
I hope that Riverbend will get a chance to keep us posted on the well being of her family. Stay safe Riverbend!