Baghdad: City of Walls
The Guardian: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad finds there is evidence that the killing is still going on
From a Sadr City graveyard to the orphans of the conflict, what legacy will the poison of hatred and violence bequeath Baghdad? Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports in the third film from his City of Walls video series
Eight new ghettos divide Baghdad’s Shia and Sunni neighbourhoods. In the second film of his City of Walls series Ghaith Abdul-Ahad looks across the wall from Sunni Khaadimiyah to Shia Khazira, where murder, hatred and division are perilously close to the surface. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports from his hometown in thesecond part of his City of Walls video series.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports from his hometown in the first part of his City of Walls video series.
In the final instalment of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s series of films to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, he travels to an orphanage in Sadr city, where children speak of their hatred of America. A generation of Iraqi children have been radicalised and anti-westernised by the war.
In the second of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s series of three films he visits Baghdad’s killings fields on the edge of Sadr City. The scene of thousands of sectarian murders over the last three years, it is a desolate and evil place: "Only the killers and the killed ever come here" says Abdul-Ahad. Here in the thousands of unmarked graves lie the victims of the Shia militia gangs.
In the first of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s extraordinary series of films to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, he investigates the claims that the US military surge is bringing stability to Iraq. By travelling through the heart of Baghdad he exposes how, by enclosing the Sunni and Shia populations behind 12ft walls, the surge has left the city more divided and desperate than ever.
On the fifth anniversary of the US/British-led invasion of Iraq, the Guardian’s award-winning foreign correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad has teamed up with ITV News to bring us a series of extraordinary films for the ITV News and guardian.co.uk. In these unprecedented films he, as an Iraqi, goes where foreign journalists can no longer go – to the heart of Baghdad’s most dangerous sectarian zones. He uncovers Iraq’s own killing fields where only the "killers and the killed" can visit; and he reveals the desperate truth of the trafficked children of Iraq.