Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sense of fear stalks streets of a city visibly scarred by trauma

LONG concrete blast barriers made of ugly slabs thread across Baghdad, protecting public buildings and lining arterial roads, defining the post-invasion city as surely as the Berlin Wall made its mark in the Cold War.

As in Berlin, some have been painted with flowers to relieve the drabness. Ten years after the Anglo-American invasion, Baghdad remains a capital visibly scarred by its traumas.

Scarcely any country since 1945 has suffered more grievously than Iraq – and most of that bloodshed was inflicted during the rule of Saddam Hussein.

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