Sunday, November 12, 2006

Iraq: The Lost Generation

Nearly half of Iraq’s population is under the age of 21. ‘Iraq: The Lost Generation,’ which was shot for Channel 4, opens a window into the hidden lives of Iraqi Youth. I strongly recommend watching it.

It follows the lives of the insurgent, the soldier, the doctor, the militiaman, the prisoner, the salesman and the disabled. All of them young Iraqis who have lost hope and feel they have no future.

Haider, 19, a Shi’ite from Sadr City, lost a leg when American forces opened fire randomly after a bomb targeted their patrol. His father was executed by Saddam’s regime. Now he hates both Saddam and the Americans.

Mazin, 18, joined a Sunni insurgent group in Fallujah after his mother was shot in the head by American troops during the first military campaign against Fallujah. His mother wanted him to complete his studies, but he is obsessed with revenge and continues to fight Americans in Fallujah with a small group of friends.

Ali, 18, is a member of Sadr’s Mahdi Army.

Mohammed, 26, is a doctor working at a hospital in central Baghdad. He is planning to leave the country as soon as possible.

Ahmed, 18, was arrested by American troops two years ago when they stormed into his family’s house in Baghdad. Ahmed, his six brothers and his father were accused of being an insurgent cell. They were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib for twelve months and received no trial.

Kamal, 17, a Shi’ite, was forced to leave a mixed neighbourhood of Baghdad where he lived with his family.

Yousif is a soldier in the new Iraqi army. He was a deserter of the old army.

Watch it here.