NYT: Iraqis in the midst of war
Life has become so hard that many Iraqis find it too painful to partake of the world outside. Houda said she can no longer stomach movies, bright things that show varnished, perfect lives. She has not watched a movie all the way through in more than a year.
Life was also hard under Saddam Hussein, the women pointed out. Plans were equally impossible to build. But the basic fabric of life, visiting family, attending weddings and funerals, was for the most part intact. Now Iraqis are letting go even of those parts.