This is Samar Hassan, now 12 years old. She was the screaming 5-year old girl in the striking photo taken by the late Chris Hondros, a photo that has become emblematic of the Iraq war. She had never seen the famous photo of her, blood-spattered, the night her parents were killed by American soldiers in Tal Afar in 2005. She now lives in Mosul, with her older sister and her sister’s husband.
The photograph of Samar is frozen in history, but her life moved on, across a trajectory that is emblematic of what so many Iraqis have endured. In a country whose health care system has almost no ability to treat the psychological aspects of trauma, thousands of Iraqis are left alone with their torment.
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(Photo Credit: Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times)
On today’s Fresh Air, reporter Tim Arango talks about tracking down Samar Hassan