The Iraqi people have lived through decades of war, repression and dictatorship.
The Iran-Iraq War, two Gulf Wars, Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, the ongoing insurgency and political “transition” and now the Islamic State group.
Iraq’s sectarian make-up and former secular regime has made it a hotbed of tension, even by Middle East standards. When periods of hostility have ceased, however, what is left for civilians to deal with is something perhaps intangible, something that may emerge only after physical wounds have healed.
If continued unnoticed, this intangible “something” can have startling effects on the infrastructure and social fabric of a country.