The UK-based artists memorialising Iraqi national sacrifice

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“I graduated as an archaeologist in Baghdad”, Rana Ibrahim tells The New Arab, “and I worked there for 3 to 4 years before marrying my husband. In 2000, we travelled for his work. But then the war happened in 2003. I was 27 at the time. I watched it all from afar.” It was a terrible shock for her, especially not to be able to go back to her home. As her husband has British citizenship, Rana decided to move to Britain later in 2003. “There, my brain blocked off from what was happening. The conflict meant a potential good life was impossible in Iraq, but I felt anger, watching the events on tele…

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