In the story The Thief of Baghdad
, Prince Ahmad’s friend Abu steals a flying carpet to help his friend escape from the clutches of the evil vizier
Jaffar. For most people of Iraq, however, there are no flying carpets to escape from the clutches of a mindless war that has unleashed too many evil jinns
seemingly impossible to put back in the bottle. After five years of the invasion, the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussain seems preferable even to some of its critics.
Aljazeera reporter Rageh Omaar returns to Iraq after five years and reports the state of the country and its people. Just the scale of the humanitarian crisis unleashed by the war is revolting, just as its barbarism is. A very touching piece of reportage.
Watch Part 2
and Part 3
too. The last one covers the stories of the refugees from Iraq- that number 1.5 million into Syria alone.