Iraq's culture shock: The impact on society of 10 years of war
In the ten years since the US-led invasion, Iraqi society and culture has changed dramatically. In part two of Al Bawaba’s retrospective on the last decade, we look how society has responded to the invasion and the almost daily violence that has followed.
From a continuing ‘brain drain’, leaving academia understaffed, to vicious attacks on the ‘emo’ community, killing up to a hundred people.
As Iraq’s residents become more and more used to the violence, social problems have become endemic. Continue reading below »
But within the the murky depths of sectarian violence flourish signs of hope for this once great nation, including the successes of the National Iraqi Youth Orchestra and the surprising performance of the football team in the 2007 Asia Cup.
Perhaps the most important cultural achievement was left to last. Exactly ten years after the invasion, Baghdad has won the region’s title for ‘Capital of Culture’.
Here are our highlights, and lowlights, of the last ten years in Iraq’s society and culture.
Tell us what you think. How has Iraq’s society and culture changed? Where can Iraq go next? What memories do you have of the last ten years? Add a comment below and join in the conversation!