Bilal Wahab, Iraqi Fulbright Scholar and EPIC spokesman was on NewsHour last night to discuss daily life in Iraq. Joined by Shahla Waliy, a Fulbright Scholar from Baghdad and Anthony Shadid, the Middle East correspondent for The Washington Post, Bilal described what it is like to live in an a country where the police are complicit in murders and kidnappings, and violence is constant.
“So when you have an issue, when there’s a burglar at the door, when there’s a terrorist to report, when there’s a militiaman who is doing some crime or a gang at the door, who are you going to call? Are you going to call the police? How are you going to call the police? …when your protector is your own aggressor, I think that will have a great impact on the people when there’s no one to trust.”
Iraqis rarely go to work or school these days out of fear for their lives, anyone who can afford to has left the country, and the hope offered by the removal of Saddam Hussein from power now seems untenable.
All in all, Bilal explains that”
“…life is unbearable. It’s existing; it’s not living.”