If you’ve been alive for more than a day, you will know that Iraq is a dangerous place, where suicide attacks are a daily occurrence, women are oppressed, and people don’t have a social life. A guy I know moved to Iraq four months ago, and wanted to share his experience of life in Baghdad (the Capital City) and has set out to prove why Iraq really is the worst place on earth.
1. Suicide attacks are daily occurrence
People live a peaceful life. Baghdad is not a battlefield and rockets do not fall over your head.
Chances of you dying while driving in Baghdad are higher than getting shot at.
2. Iraqi women are oppressed
25% of seats in national parliaments are held by women.
Zaha Mohammad Hadid, is an Iraqi architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.
3. It’s a plain desert
This photo would disagree!
and so would this one…
4. The people are violent.
We spotted two lovers on a Ferris Wheel in Baghdad.
Streets across Baghdad have been lined with stalls selling heart-shaped balloons and huge red teddy bears for Valentines Day.
5. There’s nothing to do for fun
An employee at Baghdad’s Alwiyah Club called out the winners of a bingo game.
Young thrill seekers don wet suits and get ready to jet ski on the Tigris River.
6. It has no historical heritage
Babylon’s Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
7. It’s a poor country
Oil reserves in Iraq are considered the world’s fifth-largest proven oil reserves, with 140 billion barrels.
8. TV and Music are banned
Equivalent of American Idol called Arab Idol – the most popular show in the country.
There are about 20 TV channels and more than 25 radio stations in the country.
9. It is a war-torn country
I would have to disagree again.
10. Iraqis are against democracy
This photo says, No, they are not!
This is how Iraq has been for years, everyone living side by side.