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Latest from McClatchy Iraqi Staffers: The Three Sons

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Latest from McClatchy Iraqi Staffers: The Three Sons

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For months now, E&P has been regularly featuring the postings of Iraqi correspondents and staffers in the McClatchy Baghdad bureau from their blog Inside Iraq. Their names are always partly hidden for security reasons.

Here is the latest from Thursday, from "Dulaimy."*

When life becomes a dreadful nightmare you have nothing to hope but to wake up. How can I wake up when a reminder pops up out of the news, personal life and even more; from any person I meet every day or perhaps every hour.

The taxi driver that I am going to tell you about is an example.

Few weeks ago I was leaving my home town city Fallujah heading to Baghdad. I was saying to my self: "Better or worse at least I can see something different."

Back to the man, the short version of his story is:

He has three sons... the elder one is Akram and two other kids.

Akram was killed with other civilians in one of the car bombs in Fallujah.

The second son went to his secondary school and never came back. …

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