Iraqi photographer Thaier al-Sudani answers questions on the nine year war and the pull out of U.S. troops.
Do you remember the day the U.S. launched air strikes?
I remember that day well. As the U.S. military jets bombed Baghdad, I was on the roof watching. We all thought that Iraq would be away from the war and violence after ousting Saddam and that Iraq would be among the top countries in the Middle East, due to its natural resources.
Describe your life under Saddam’s regime?
Life was normal. I studied design at the Arts Academy in Baghdad. Life was much safer than it is now.
How did you get into photography?
Photography was my hobby. I was inspired by my father who was a photographer. I worked at the local newspaper al-Saa’a just after the war began in 2003. I moved to Reuters in the same year when a friend (photographer Ceerwan Aziz) told me that Reuters needed a photographer who had a camera and could work for a day, or a week, or for a long time.
How do you feel about the nine years of war and what have been the major changes in your daily life?