The neighborhood, known as the Green Zone, had been cordoned off by the American military in 2003 to protect it from bombings during the war.
SOURCE: Middle East Eye
Baghdad’s libraries were looted and burned in the chaos of 2003, but one of its libraries escaped this fate and a historic collection survived.
The girl’s name was Farah. She had thick, dark hair. And in the school snapshot found in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret-police headquarters, she is smiling and wearing a pretty dress.She was probably about 13 when the picture was taken in the 1950s. She was a student at the Jewish intermediate school in Baghdad, where she scored a 94 in English and an 88 in history.In another time, her life might have passed unnoticed outside of her family and friends.But her school records, and those of other Iraqi Jews, as well as a trove of water-logged treasures from Baghdad’s Jewish past, are being conserved at the National Archives for their return to Iraq next year....