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"Will Work For Food"

The author of this site is a programmer and network administrator living in Baghdad. In this entry, she discusses what her working life was like before the war and what it's like to try to be a working woman in Iraq now — fairly close to impossible at the moment.

I'm one of the lucky ones… I'm not important. I'm not vital. Over a month ago, a prominent electrical engineer (one of the smartest females in the country) named Henna Aziz was assassinated in front of her family — two daughters and her husband. She was threatened by some fundamentalists from Badir’s Army and told to stay at home because she was a woman, she shouldn't be in charge. She refused — the country needed her expertise to get things functioning — she was brilliant. She would not and could not stay at home. They came to her house one evening: men with machine-guns, broke in and opened fire. She lost her life — she wasn't the first, she won't be the last.

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