Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Two Sides of Baghdad Barriers

"Walls Save Lives But Also Disrupt Flow of Daily Life
By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 30, 2007; Page A12

Sabah Abd reopened his fruit stand in Baghdad's Sadriya market three days after a massive bomb hit a nearby bus depot. The stand is close to a barrier put up around the market by U.S. forces. 'This wall protected us,' Abd said. (By Ann Scott Tyson -- The Washington Post)

BAGHDAD -- Sabah Abd's fruit stand is a few feet from the concrete barrier dividing Baghdad's Sadriya market from a bus depot that was bombed April 18 in one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major operation in February to secure the capital.
'The whole world shook,' said Abd, 33, recalling that the blast occurred as workers were crowding into vans and buses to go home for the day, and that it threw him to the ground, splattered with blood.

But only three days after the attack, Abd was back at his stand, charred vehicles still littering the parking area a few yards away. 'My wife said, 'If you go there, I will divorce you,' but what can I do? There is no work outside,' he said."
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