In dozens of interviews with The Washington Post this summer, many Iraqis said their lives had been safer and more prosperous under Saddam Hussein, and that the U.S. invasion was not worth the price both countries have paid. Others were grateful that the Americans ousted Hussein, but are happy that they, too, are now gone.
July 9, 2012 Halima Daham, 44, who is still officially mourning the recent death of her husband, sits with two of her six children — Ali Khamas, 6, left, and Fatima Khamas, 5 — at their home in the Sadr City area of Baghdad. Daham’s husband died this past March. He had suffered for almost eight years from health complications after he lost his legs to U.S. tank fire in 2004 while walking to the store for cigarettes. With little help from the Iraqi government and not a word from the U.S. government, Daham struggles to get by. In early July, she sold earrings that her late husband gave to her youngest daughter in order to cover some necessities. “Of course I blame the Americans for what happened to my husband. I don’t have him, my children don’t have a father,” said Daham, covered in a black veil except for her eyes. “I am glad that the Americans got rid of Saddam and his followers. But we got hurt by both sides. And we got nothing from the Americans or the new Iraqi government.” Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo