Rage and Shame: Park of the Grateful

by
Abby Zimet

It is hard to read about the lives of Iraq's war widows – begging
for food or blankets, sifting through garbage, forced into "temporary
marriages" or prostitution, living with their children in gas station
bathrooms – and not feel at least partly responsible. There is no mercy
here: Of an estimated 740,000 who are homeless, 750 get to live in a
trailer park named Al Waffa, or "Park of the Grateful."

There
is little help forthcoming for these women from their government
or religious leaders. To do something besides feel helpless shame at
their plight, you can help Madre help them through the Organization of
Women's Freedom in Iraq here

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