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Voices from IraqA People's History, 2003-2009$
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Mark Kukis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156929

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156929.001.0001

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The Price of Sons

The Price of Sons

The Price of Sons
Voices from Iraq

Mark Kukis

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, Zaid Allwan Jafar and Salim Kamel Shawal talk about their experiences during the Iraq war. Zaid Allwan Jafar was born in the northern city of Kirkuk but raised in Baghdad, where his father served as a high-ranking member of the Ba'ath party until 2003. He was attending college at a private school in Baghdad in 2005. At that time, elements of the burgeoning insurgency had begun to organize kidnappings in order to kill suspected American collaborators, extort ransoms, or settle scores. Salim Kamel Shawal is a longtime Shi'ite merchant and shopkeeper in a mainly Shi'ite area of northern Baghdad. He lived a fairly prosperous life as a local businessman before the U.S. invasion and afterward. But rampant crime and rising violence following the collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime began to affect him and his family despite their relatively good fortune.

Keywords:   insurgency, Zaid Allwan Jafar, Salim Kamel Shawal, Iraq war, Baghdad, invasion, crime, violence, Saddam Hussein, Iraq

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