Book # 55: Swimming Up the Tigris: Real Life Encounters with Iraq, by Barbara Nimri Aziz - Deirdre on reading, writing and living
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:28 pm Book # 55: Swimming Up the Tigris: Real Life Encounters with Iraq, by Barbara Nimri Aziz
Time is short, so I'll be brief. If you believe, as I do, that the war against Iraq is one of the most important issues facing people in the US and world-wide, then you must read this book.
Independent journalist Barbara Nimri Aziz traveled throughout Iraq, beginning in 1989 in the days after the end of the Iran/Iraq war and up until the most recent disastrous invasion and brutal occupation. Her quest as an anthropologist was to document Iraqi society. She became a reluctant war correspondent.
This book documents the terrible years of grinding deprivation that was Iraq under the deadly US/UN sanctions. Why look at that period? Because everything that is happening today is rooted in the merciless sanctions period where more than 1.5 million people perished unnecessarily.
Every family in Iraq was touched. Everybody there would never be the same. Aziz writes brilliantly and compassionately about the people of Iraq, the ones we never hear from. The ones whose destiny is tied up with ours so completely.