As Baghdad life improves, some still seek refuge in its past

As Baghdad life improves, some still seek refuge in its pastFrom his 13th-floor balcony in central Baghdad, Salam Atta Sabri likes to reminisce about his city’s storied past – the years before Saddam Hussein and the U.S.-led invasion which forever changed it. Raised in Baghdad by a renowned artist father, Sabri left Iraq in the 1990s, when crippling economic sanctions made life unbearable, he said. “Even when I lived in Los Angeles or Amman, my dream to return to Baghdad was always with me,” he said.



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