Two faces of Iraq

Two faces of Iraq

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03/05/2016
18:30

Volterra

Historical center

Volterra

The one we all think to know: the war against ISIS. The one you never hear: of many young people and not only, who work for a peaceful future. 

Annet Henneman will tell her experience of life and work in the Iraqi reality of today in the cities of Karbala, Basra, Baghdad, Sulaimaniyah e Dukan ( the last two Kurdish cities). She was in the international film festival of Karbala, created with 18 actors of Basra a new version of the theatre reportage action “Dreams from beyond” visited other cultural realities of Iraq, making a photo and film documentation. Under a fragment of a letter of Annet Henneman from Baghdad of the 15 – 04 – 2016. I am writing from Baghdad. In this moment Baghdad risks a total chaos. Impossible to understand what is happening, but the national government could fall from one moment to another. There is a fight inside of the parliament where MP’s keep a “sit in” and there are continuous demonstrations in the city. There are not only conflicts between different parties, tribes and religions, but also inside the groups themselves, in particular inside the Shiite group. In this moment the country is ungovernable and strange enough, the only stability of the moment that keeps together the country, is the war against ISIS.A war with many victims, civilians and young soldiers. This situation of non government we hear little or nothing about in Europe. (and this situation is going on also today).  In the meanwhile the war against ISIS continues, and civil victims in the last weeks are between 12 and 130 a day, executions, bombs…But in these days I saw also another side of Iraq, where I worked and traveled for three and half weeks and on the photo’s I made one can see the many young who work and look for a peaceful future, while a hundred kilometers away  the cruel war between militias, Iraqi soldiers, pershmerga’s against ISIS continues.

 

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