Women: Iraq’s Persecuted Majority

June 8, 2008 • News

Women: Iraq’s persecuted majority; In the past five years, surveys have found a staggering rise in domestic abuse and a precipitous drop in the number of girls in school.

Nuha Farraj’s large brown eyes flash with pride and sorrow as she recalls the last morning she spent with her husband.

Just three weeks before, Ms. Farraj married Ali Hazem, a 21-year-old recruit to Iraq’s embattled national police force. They woke up early together on the morning of Dec. 7 and she saw him to the door in his crisp blue uniform. Her husband, she said, truly believed in what she calls the new, democratic Iraq. “He just wanted to defend his country,” she said, her lips quivering slightly but her eyes dry.

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