In the wake of war in a country that have been ravaged by destruction, sanctions and despotism for a generation. The tyrant is gone but the reason for the 2003 invasion was sketchy at best. Those responsible for the devastation are walking free but the losers have been tried and mostly executed. The country is now off the radar screen of newscasts. A “new world order” reign supreme in Iraq that was the 4th most corrupt country in the world. Now there are even fewer laws followed and the law of the gun is the law of the day. Car bombs and suicide bombers can strike at any time and do so frequently with more lost lives and devastation as a result. Concrete blast walls separate people and prevent in-sight. Yet over 20 million still lives here whereof a quarter or more in the capital Baghdad. This is about the Daily Life of the Iraqi’s those who could not leave. The life we in the west know so little about.
I first came to Iraq in 1991 as a UN weapons Inspector. In my spare time I walked the streets of Baghdad. The images I took then (1991-96) is of a city very different from today. Yet many people are the same, generous of spirit and welcoming of heart. A cup of tea breaks the ice and the curiosity and camera opens doors (some are slammed shut as well). In 2011 I returned and I will likely do so again to continue this long term portrait of a country in post war recovery
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