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The Abu Hanifa Mosque is a famous Sunni mosque in Adhamiya. After the invasion the mosque constructed a new cemetery originally for fighters in the war but it has since been expanded.
Now the cemetery takes all manners of victims of Iraq sectarian violence and it has open to Shi’as as well.
Although stories about Iraq accentuate sectarian violence and the possibility of a looming civil war, there are many accounts of Iraqi's coming together in opposition to sectarianism. One story is about how the Abu Hanifa mosque helped survivors of the Kadhmiya bridge tragedy in 2005.
Unfortunately this new cemetery can not hold all of the martyrs and others dieing each day in Iraq, and they expect to build many more in the coming months. The caretaker of the Abu Hanifa cemetery says they dig an average of 4-5 graves each day, and this is just for one cemetery in a city of five million inhabitants.
As the Iraq study group returns dire statistics from the situation in Iraq, one wonders when the stories of mutual aid and collective support in Baghdad's communities will begin to get more play in the media. Although a civil war now seems inevitable, perhaps a better understanding of the solidarity present within Baghdadis and Iraqis can provide another direction for Iraq's future.
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It's nearly a daily occurrence that we read in the news of a half dozen or more insurgents or resistance fighters killed by US, Coalition, or Iraqi security forces.
Rarely, however, do we hear the full story, rarely do we hear of the fighter, or martyr's experience. Although the press generally refers to them as insurgents, Iraqis killed on all sides of the conflict are generally referred to in Iraq as martyrs.
Ali was one fighter among many who have been killed during the war in Iraq. He was killed during one of many shootouts in the past year in Adhamiya. Correspondent Isam Rasheed met his mother by chance in a new cemetery that has been built for Martyrs, those killed by Coalition forces or in the rising sectarian violence.
Iraqis, and Arabs generally, have vastly different opinions of the resistance movement. For some more insight, see videos such as, A Conversation with an Iraqi Policeman, this conversation between two Sunni doctors, Iraqis Discuss the Resistance, and this interview with Yusef Rababa, a man who knew Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi personally.
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Although car bombs are a regular occurrence in Baghdad, it's nearly impossible to find accounts from the victims.
The victims in this story survived a car bombing this summer in the Adhamiya neighborhood, but due to complications, we were only able to bring you their stories now. These images are graphic, but they depict an aspect of daily life in Baghdad.
The media carries numbers of dead and wounded soldiers, security forces, and civilians, but without bringing their stories directly to the viewership, it may be impossible to ever truly understand the particulars of life in a place like Baghdad.
In this video you'll see what happens to some of the dozens of people whose stories are reported only in your daily newspaper's injured statistics.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
This is Steve's movie of Jim reading the New York Times review for the first time--and the reaction of both of them about it.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
This isn't the best quality video, but it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. (If it ever gets posted in better format, I will replace it, because it's good cute not to be seen)