This little girl lives in this school with her dad who is the security guard. The school had been a secret storehouse for weapons during Saddam's regime, and when the Americans invaded, vandals came in and set it on fire. Several of the rooms exploded, leaving the school without electricy and windows. This is one of the classrooms that is still intact. The parents of the children who attend scraped the money together to replace the glass in the windows of just two rooms. The kids still attend regardless of the damage. The guard and his family have set up a make-shift kitchen and living area in the back portion of the school.
photographer: Kristie Alshaibi
February 2004
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