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Picturing Baghdad

Despite their traumatic history, Iraqis are finding individual and civic solutions to their country’s political failures.

  • Julie David de Lossy
  • ICG

Crisis Group photographer Julie David de Lossy visited Baghdad in October-November 2018 and returned with portraits of its people’s search for normalcy.

Iraq has endured decades of sanctions, war, invasion, regime change and dysfunctional government.

These span Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, a devastating eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s and crippling UN sanctions throughout the 1990s.

Those difficult years gave way to the traumas of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and its…


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