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Sixteen years old and a naïve devout typical Sunni Iraqi boy, I had a big solid identity with all sorts of strongly-held beliefs. An average Iraqi teenager, with a regular mix of nationalism, belonging, and a general tribal tendency of connectedness with everything and everyone around me, although with a dash of rebelion. Being a […]

Childhood stories

Stories from my Childhood – Playing Hide-and-Seek in Baghdad

Twenty years ago or so, in a hot Baghdadi summer afternoon, my aunt’s family visited us for a sleepover, a frequent event that was exciting for myself and the other kids; my brothers, sister, and cousins. It was always thrilling to have extended family over. I loved the freedom and the relative chaos at the […]