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Flavours of Iraq, episode 14: The sounds of Baghdad

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One evening, in 2004, at my aunt’s home in Baghdad…
Insurgents took control of her street ahead of an attack.
Their target: the neighbourhood’s main check-point, held by Iraqi police.

Allah o Akbar!

The attack lasted 15 minutes. 15 minutes of hell.

We tried not to get noticed. We could have been mistaken for insurgents.
Everyone remained silent.

Not a day went by without hearing a blast.
Life was organised around war.

I had to learn the meaning of the different sounds of conflict.

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