Iraqi women sell their bodies to buy food for kids

Saddam Hussein and George Bust shattered present and future of Iraq. The women’s of Iraq and the Iraqi females who earlier were always covered in their traditional dress of Burkha are now forced to expose due to adverse situations. The women are too afraid and ashamed to show their faces or have their real names used. They have been driven to sell their bodies to put food on the table for their children — for as little as $8 a day.

“People shouldn’t criticize women, or talk badly about them,” says 37-year-old Suha as she adjusts the light colored scarf she wears these days to avoid extremists who insist women cover themselves. “They all say we have lost our way, but they never ask why we had to take this path.”

A mother of three, she wears light makeup, a gold pendant of Iraq around her neck, and an unexpected air of elegance about her.

“I don’t have money to take my kid to the doctor. I have to do anything that I can to preserve my child, because I am a mother,” she says, explaining why she prostitutes herself.

Anger and frustration rise in her voice as she speaks.

“No matter what else I may be, no matter how off the path I may be, I am a mother!”

Her clasped hands clench and unclench nervously. Suha’s husband thinks that she is cleaning houses when she goes away. This happens only because of Saddam Hussein and George bush – Rohit Tripathi

2 thoughts on “Iraqi women sell their bodies to buy food for kids

  1. The situation is bad in Iraq especially for the women community there. Worse is for the widowed ladieswith CHILDREN (BBC, CNN etc. broadcast this all every now-and-then); No bread winner for them; and are forced to consort to such activities. International Aid bodies like UN, WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, ADB, World Economic Forum, etc. should intervene to the depth, grass roots. Its a very sad picture. Atleast the children should get basic amenities of society. The Mother’s are helpless and can’t even afford to commit suicide like the poor farmers of South India who run into heavy debts especially to pay daughter’s dowry. Very sad… Think and create blogs on solutions to such suffering. Pankaj (Peter) 91 9810000163 GurgaonNew Delhi India


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