Photo by Shane Bauer The light is fading from the dusty Baghdad sky as Hassan Mahsan re-enacts what happened to his family last summer. We’re standing in the courtyard of his concrete-block house, his children are watching us quietly and his wife is twirling large circles of dough and slapping them against the inside walls […]
Iraq’s intellectual scene is slowly coming back to life.
“Each person, one after the other, refuses to speak to us on the street.”
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“I end up on a road thick with U.S. military vehicles … I’m lost in the Green Zone.”
An Iraqi fishes for dinner in the Tigris across from the largest U.S. embassy in the world.
“When I get to the polling station at 10 am there are more journalists than voters.”
Iraqis talk about their hopes and fears as they prepare to vote.
Shane Bauer is a freelance journalist reporting from Baghdad for The Muckraker.