VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
One Iraqi family’s personal tragedy
December 14, 2011 by The IRC
|Uprooted Iraqis languish in mostly urban slums, growing increasingly destitute. They have difficulty finding jobs, accessing basic services or supporting their families. Photo: IRC|
While Iraq is full of tragic personal stories, Amal’s* is particularly poignant. She has been a widow since the death of her husband years ago soon after the Iran-Iraq war. For more than three decades she lived in a mixed Sunni-Shia neighborhood of Baghdad, where she raised her three children. To pay for her children’s schooling, and to put food on the table, she baked bread to sell to her neighbors. Once her sons Akram* and Marzuq* completed their education, they went to work to support their mother, and their sister Radwa*.