Life as a Painter and Mother

Produced by Brian Conley

AMMAN–Sana'a is an artist and mother who lives in Amman Jordan currently, after fleeing the insecurity of Baghdad's violent streets.

Sana'a talks about life in Baghdad as an artist, and why she was forced to leave her country. She feels it is especially important for artists to stay true to Iraq and provide insight into Iraq's great history as a nation.

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