Iraq 7 years later - The legacy of invasion

Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 22:00 to Monday, June 14, 2010 - 00:00

Iraq 7 years later - The legacy of invasion

Seven years after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, New Internationalist co-editor Hadani Ditmars returned to a land she last visited in 2003, when she went to research her book Dancing in the No-Fly Zone.

With more than a million people dead in the wake of post-invasion violence, an infrastructure in ruins despite $53 billion dollars in 'aid', and a corrupt government whose human rights abuses echo the terror of the Saddam years, the prognosis is bleak.

But there are signs of life amidst the devastation. The national theatre has reopened, women continue to defy oppressive fundamentalism, and young people dream of a better future, where a renewed sense of national identity trumps sectarian divisions.

As Iraq's fortunes hang in a delicate balance, join New Internationalist and guests for this special issue launch, featuring Hadani's photography and video footage from her recent trip to Baghdad.

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