Voice to the voiceless: Iraqis under imperial terror

Alive in Baghdad was formed to counter the sound-bite driven, “Live From” news model. Through the work of a team of Americans and Iraqi correspondents on the ground, Alive in Baghdad shows the occupation through the voices of Iraqis. Alive in Baghdad brings testimonies from individual Iraqis, footage of daily life in Iraq, and short news segments from Iraq to you.


Video 1:
An In-Depth Look at the Wall in Adhamiya-09.24.07

This week, after much delay, Abdul Alaa brings us inside the new Adhamiya, speaking with community leaders, demonstrators, and the average citizens of Adhamiya. As a new wall emerges west of the Tigris, insight into the impact of the wall over the last months is even more important. The wall, allegedly there to protect Shi’a and Sunni from each other, has succeeded in walling a small Shi’a community inside Ghazaliyah, an area known to harbor Sunni militants. Iraqis are already demonstrating in Ghazaliyah and Shula, although its unlikely to make much difference.


Video 2 :
In Hurriya, Shiites Protest the US Surge - 09.17.07


Video 3 :
Arrests of Iraqi Women Provoke Protest - 06.25.07


Video 4:
Challenges at a Girls School in Baghdad - 05.21.07
Despite all of these threats and difficulties, students at Safina say they will continue and urge their parents not to move them to a closer school, or one in a potentially safer area, even if security continues to deteriorate. The teachers at Safina pride themselves on continuing their lessons and helping those students to catch up who miss days.


Video 5 :
Dr. Haseeba in Sadr City - 02.26.2007


Video 6 :
A Mother Tells a Martyr’s Story - 11.20.06

Ali was one fighter among many who have been killed during the war in Iraq. He was killed during one of many shootouts in the past year in Adhamiya. Correspondent Isam Rasheed met his mother by chance in a new cemetery that has been built for Martyrs

Video 7 :
On Patrol with Iraqi Neighborhood Watch -
Iraqi civilians have taken security into their own hands. This week Isam Rasheed takes Alive in Baghdad viewers to Adhamiya, in the middle of the night, where three men guard a civilian checkpoint in the neighborhood.
They’ll tell you about their work, their hopes, and fears for their families.
The US and Iraqi governments might call them terrorists, they consider themselves to be doing whats necessary to keep their homes safe.


Video 8 :
Sana’a Describes Life as a Painter and Mother -
Sana'a is an artist and mother who lives in Amman Jordan currently, after fleeing the insecurity of Baghdad's violent streets.


Video 9:
Baghdad Hospital Children’s Ward
In this episode, Alive in Baghdad takes you to the children’s ward of Baghdad Hospital, to make visible the plight of some very sick children, stricken with cancer by the presence of Depleted Uranium munitions, left over from the last to US wars in Iraq.
Despite official claims that so-called "Depleted" Uranium is mostly harmless, evidence continues to mount to the contrary. Rates of cancer and deformities in Iraq’s children have sky-rocketed since 1991.