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Anna Badkhen
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Anna Badkhen writes about people in extremis. She is a journalist and the author of Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories...

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‘Peace Meals’: Breaking Bread With War’s Forgotten Families


“Peace Meals” is a tribute to all my host families who live, and perish, on the edges of the world. It is my invitation to connect with the ordinary people trapped in mass violence of the last decade in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE

Report : Dateline: Iraq

The Second Insurgency


AP photo / Anja Niedringhaus

Many Iraqis struggle every day to find work, but a shortage of jobs, superimposed on a tradition of using personal connections to do business, has led to what Iraqis complain is an explosion in corruption and graft among their nation’s officials.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE

Report : Dateline: Iraq

Baghdad Behind Walls


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Walls have become ubiquitous in Baghdad, a place where barricades keep militias from one another and hungry shoppers from the nearest kebab. As Iraqis struggle with sovereignty, the barriers are a constant reminder of the American military occupation.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE
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Report : Dateline: Iraq

A Better Iraq? That’s What Saddam Said

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The war is over for now in Sahar al-Jawari’s Baghdad neighborhood, but life is still a struggle. An American soldier encourages her not to be pessimistic, but it’s hard to look on the bright side while supporting a family by selling off your jewelry.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE

Report : Dateline: Iraq

Trading Spaces, Iraq Edition

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Sectarian violence has driven millions of Iraqis from their homes. Now that the violence has abated in one formerly upscale Baghdad neighborhood, residents are returning to find squatters who refuse to leave and a government and occupying army unwilling to kick them out.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE

Report : Dateline: Iraq

Baghdad’s Other Power Struggle

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AP photo / Samir Mizban

As one U.S. soldier tells Truthdig foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen, it’s not entirely a bad sign that residents of Baghdad’s Saidiyah neighborhood are complaining about their meager daily power allotment: A year earlier they were concerned about just staying alive.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE

Report : Dateline: Iraq

Business Stirs in a Walled Neighborhood

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In this first installment in her series of stories from Iraq for Truthdig, veteran foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen reports about the civilian costs of war, life under occupation and the precarious state of a Baghdad burger joint.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE
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Anna Badkhen
Anna Badkhen

Anna Badkhen writes about people in extremis. She is a journalist and the author of Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories and Waiting for the Taliban. Most recently, she has authored the books Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah and The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village. She has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Israel, West Bank and Gaza, Chechnya, and Kashmir, among others. Her wartime journalism won the 2007 Joel R. Seldin Award for reporting on civilians in war zones.

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