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Latest from McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau: A Death in the Family

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Latest from McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau: A Death in the Family

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For several months now, E&P has featured blog postings from Iraqi correspondents and staffers with McClatchy's bureau in Baghdad. Their names are partly hidden for obvious reasons.

Here is the latest from correspondent "Sahar."*

Would it interest anyone to know that another member of our extended family has perished? Or has death in Iraq become old, boring news?

He was killed on his doorstep, in full view of his wife and three daughters.

Our men couldn't attend the funeral, because the deceased was Shiite, and the ceremony was held in his brother's home in a Shiite neighbourhood.

My mother, my cousin and I decided that we would do our best to attend the women's ceremony.

They (the family of the diseased) asked for the car's registration no, its make and colour, and the number of women expected in it. They said we were to reach the former Central Market building (now a great heap of rubble) and stop to await our escort, without which we would not be able to enter the neighbourhood at all - we would be shot, or worse - abducted.

We drove slowly to the meeting place, kept the car running, and waited. Some minutes (ages) later a car stopped in front of us. …

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