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First contact in 22 years

31-07-2003 Feature

Few people in Iraq have not suffered from the tragic consequences of the series of wars. For Farida it all began in 1981 when her family was forced to go to Iran. She remained in Iraq with no news from her relatives for 22 years.



The fate of Farida, a 37-year-old Iraqi, could easily be turned into a film. The ICRC and the Iraqi Red Crescent regularly allow families separated by the war to make free two-minute calls with satellite phones. On 4 May 2003 Farida availed herself of this opportunity in Basra.