It's often said that under Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq there was no opposition because any dissent had been crushed by the regime. But a tiny minority did manage to organize an underground network aimed at toppling the leader.
The Communist party has had a strong following in Iraq since the 1920s. Among them was Salime Al Khayer, a primary teacher working in Baghdad. Throughout the 1990s she secretly carried messages into southern Iraq to the area controlled by the Kurds. If she had been caught she would have faced the death penalty.
Nicholas Wood met Salime and with her retraced one of her regular missions from Baghdad.