Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

“Life would get better.” Women throughout Iraq told themselves that constantly during the first, cautiously hopeful months of the US-British occupation of their country.

As the electricity blinked on and off, the water stopped running and desert-camouflaged tanks churned up the narrow streets of the ancient capital, women consoled themselves with the thought that these troubles could only be temporary. Especially for women, the Iraqi future was bright.

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How to cite this article:

Huda Ahmed "Women in the Shadows of Democracy," Middle East Report 239 (Summer 2006).