Tag Archives: Dahlia Wasfi

To reach one another (Liberate THIS, Part 15)

Iraqis are still suffering today under the brutal grip of American-led occupation. Life goes on in the hope that one day, circumstances will improve.

For now, however, as it has been for decades, they struggle. Electricity, water, and jobs… Continue reading

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“I think tomorrow, we lose air” (Liberate THIS, Part 14)

I stepped off of the rickety bus at the Iraqi border along with my fellow passengers making the difficult journey into occupied land. I was so tired, both from the long trip and my recent crying. My eyes alternated between staring vaguely into the distance in a sleep-deprived daze and darting toward … Continue reading

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There was no turning back (Liberate THIS, Part 13)

Finally, on Christmas Eve, I got a seat on a red-eye flight out of London and landed in Kuwait City on Christmas morning. Though I was tired, my excitement prevented me from getting any sleep. Exhausted and jet-lagged, I struggled through airport customs and the Kuwait border emigration process to get to Kuwait’s northern border. Continue reading

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Iraq’s borders were sealed (Liberate THIS, Part 12)

In the final months of 2004, and through the start of 2005, kidnappings of Westerners became prominent news stories. Fearing for my safety amidst ever-escalating anti-American sentiment, my Iraqi family advised me to stay safely at home. Continue reading

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