Life in Iraq

All day here on the BBC world service we have been hearing a different perspective to the headline reports of violence in Iraq. We have been dedicating our coverage to Life In Iraq as reflected by the experiences of people who live and work in the country.

We have heard from amongst others, both Sunni and Shia Imams, a Cambodian engineer, policeman, hairdresser, a 15 year old schoolgirl and first a soldier in the US military who recorded a rap album during his tour of duty in Baghdad.

Some of the Highlights of Life in Iraq

Below are a few of the diverse people, who have been giving us a window into their lives. To find out more about this special broadcast you can go to:


Um Mostafa, a hairdresser in Baghdad updates us on what has happened since she spoke to us last year and she tells us how she is coping with day to day life, as she has to contend with curfews and water shortages.

Baghdad Hairdresser

A very modern and American portrayal of views from a black US soldier serving there, comes in the form of a rap album. Called "Live from Iraq" it was written and recorded from a makeshift studio, using mattresses for sound insulation, on a year long tour of duty in Baghdad by Sergeant Neal Saunders. The lyrics are inspired by his experiences on the battlefield and
are a reflection of his feelings about the war.

Rap Soldier

Now we hear from Yousif Abdulla. He is forty-two years old and works at Sheikh Muhyadin which is the biggest and oldest grave yard in Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, where he carries out his job as a grave digger.

Iraqi Gravedigger

We hear from a police officer in Hawija near Tikrit, a troubled part of the country. He is thirty-one and wanted to remain anonymous; but he has been a policeman for thirteen years and is witnessing a great deal of change.

Iraqi Policeman


Special thanks to the reporters who helped gather those stories, Ayub Nuri, Bahat Hasib, Shadha al Jubori and the BBC Arabic Service.

First Broadcast 07th April 2006