Behind the Walls


The infamous prison at Abu Ghraib is closing. For years, it’s been a symbol to Iraqis – the site of Saddam-era torture and executions, and then of American prisoner abuse. This week on War News Radio, we go behind the walls of Abu Ghraib. We speak to an American who had the job of teaching guards how to behave, and an Iraqi doctor who worked at the prison.

Then, we hear what it’s like for thousands of civilians working for private companies in Iraq, and for their families back at home.

And Elizabeth “BJ” Fernea, author of Guests of the Sheik : An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village, shares her experiences as the wife of an American anthropologist living in southern Iraq fifty years ago.

These stories, plus the week’s news, from War News Radio.

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