Editor's Note: see Part 1 here.
Last week you heard the details of the events surrounding Marwan Ghassan’s kidnapping. As we said then, this is the second most upsetting news a media organization can receive.The first being of a correspondent’s death. This week Marwan provides more specific details about the questioning and events that happened during the three days he was held captive.
Marwan’s story provides an intimate look into the workings of sectarianism, and the way these ideas are constructed by the various factions involved in the Iraq conflict. Kidnapping is a daily reality and Marwan is only one of many Iraqis to have been kidnapped in the three and a half years since the war began.
Editor's Note: The concept for Alive-in/ began in 2005 with the launch of Alive in Baghdad. Many of the stories produced by our team of Iraqi reporters were taken offline with the closure of blip.tv.
In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the United States war against Iraq, we are republishing as much of Alive in Baghdad's original content as possible here on Alive-in/. Each story has been given its original date so that these posts don't overwhelm our current stories, and tagged as relevant.