Photo by Shane Bauer The light is fading from the dusty Baghdad sky as Hassan Mahsan re-enacts what happened to his family last summer. We're standing in the courtyard of his concrete-block house, his children are watching us quietly and his wife is twirling large circles of dough and slapping them against the inside walls
Iraq’s intellectual scene is slowly coming back to life.
“Each person, one after the other, refuses to speak to us on the street.”
“I end up on a road thick with U.S. military vehicles … I’m lost in the Green Zone.”
An Iraqi fishes for dinner in the Tigris across from the largest U.S. embassy in the world.
“When I get to the polling station at 10 am there are more journalists than voters.”
Iraqis talk about their hopes and fears as they prepare to vote.
Shane Bauer is a freelance journalist reporting from Baghdad for The Muckraker.
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