This blog shows everyday life in Baghdad. The Dutch journalists Paulien Bakker (text) and Marieke van der Velden (photography) travelled to Baghdad in 2011 and 2012 to portray the lives of ordinary people behind the enemy lines. The violence was in decline; people dared to hope again, and make plans for the future. How are they now?
Paulien returned to Baghdad in July 2014, just after IS took control over Mosul and declared their Islamic State. As Iraq was falling apart, she searched for twelve people who had made the biggest impression on her for their perseverance. What happened to them?
In 2011 a part of the photo series was published on LENS Blog of The New York Times, shown on TEDx-Baghdad and won the PANL-Award.
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