Iraq widows fight their own war

The New Zealand Herald – 5:00am Monday Feb 04, 2008

Um-Hassan lost her husband and a son in violence in Sadr City. Photo / Reuters

Every week, letters from Iraqi widows spill across Samira al-Moussawi’s desk. One wrote to ask whether she should spend what scant money she gets on her infant or on school books for her older son.

The member of Parliament and head of a parliamentary women’s committee is at her wits’ end as to how to answer the desperate pleas from what could be as many as 2 million women. . .

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