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For Iraqis, a growing insecurity

Last year, Khaled Hermiz and his family feasted on apples and chicken wings for Easter. It was two days after the war’s end, and the markets were empty. There was no electricity. But they were happy. “We felt the flavor of freedom, we felt the flavor of Easter,” says Mr. Hermiz, stroking his 4-year-old son, who sits in his lap watching cartoons. This year, Hermiz’s wife is making dolma, a cornucopia of stuffed vegetables: cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, eggplant, and grape leaves, all packed with rice and lamb. But despite this year’s bounty, their holiday was seasoned with sadness. “We don’t feel the flavor of Easter, because of the current situation; because of what’s going on in Fallujah and Najaf,” says Hermiz. Full Story

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