Friday, October 05, 2007
Lighthouse on the move
launchImagine if you'd sought after a prized home by the seashore, only to find that the coastline around it was eroding. Some homeowners in Nantucket, Massachusetts, are faced with the reality that they may have to move their home, destroy it or see it go into the water due to the possibility of the inevitable future major storm. I-Reporter Christine Black isn't in such a situation, but she knows it's happening to others who live by the beach.

She documented the complicated process of moving an otherwise potentially doomed lighthouse to a safer spot, at least for now. The Sankaty Head Lighthouse is in danger of becoming one of the shrinking shoreline's next victims, but the structure was being painstakingly pulled away from the water on Monday, October 1, when she captured photos of it. The process was slow, and still reportedly in progress days later. The lighthouse could move just a few feet per day on tracks. Black also sent in photos showing the water just feet from homes, and houses fenced off and flagged. For those of us living on more stable ground, living like this is almost a foreign existence, but I-Reporters give us a front-seat view.

Check out the latest rundown of the Week in I-Report to see other stories from this week. Do you have something to share? Post a comment below or take a moment and send an I-Report of your own.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Firsthand account of a tragic event
This Tuesday we received some images that really took our breath away. An I-Reporter from Afghanistan, sent us a set of photos that he took only moments after a suicide bomber blew up a bus in western Kabul.

S. Samimi, a 23-year-old secretary, was on his way to work when he saw the blast. The explosion claimed the lives of 10 people, including civilians, policemen and four children.

Samimi spoke with I-Report on the phone from his home in Kabul. His native language is Farsi, but he has taken courses in English and speaks it fairly well. In any language, the anguish in his voice was clear.

It was the first suicide bombing Samimi had ever witnessed, and the first one ever to have occurred so close to his home. He saw body parts on the ground and lost a neighbor to the attack.

By the end of the day, Samimi was still in shock. People in his neighborhood, he said, were still crying.

"Everyone is so sad," he explained. "They are all worried about the future of peace in this country. They are fed up of war."

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq grind forward, we hear about suicide attacks and car bombs frequently in the news. To many outside of the region, the reports may start to sound the same. By sharing his photographs and story with I-Report, Samimi put a human voice and emotions behind a tragic event, and reminded us of the lasting impression that each of these attacks leaves on communities.

Do you have a personal angle on a news story to share? Send an I-Report with your own pictures and story.
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