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(NORTHERN IRAQ) Michael
Goldfarb arrived in the Kurdish autonomous region of Northern Iraq 48
hours before the war began. His assignment was to tell the story of
war through the eyes of the Iraqi people. "With a stroke of good
fortune," as Michael puts it, "I met one of the most compelling
characters I have ever encountered in my years reporting for National
Public Radio: Ahmad Shawkat, a university biology teacher, novelist,
poet, and veteran of Saddam's torture chambers." Ahmad had been
living in exile in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan for the previous seven
years. The overthrow of Saddam would mean that he could return to his
home in Mosul.
Six months after this documentary was recorded, Ahmad was killed in
Mosul, Iraq. On October 28, 2003, Ahmed Shawkat was shot by gunmen who
followed him to his office. Since the documentary was recorded, Shawkat
had worked as editor of an independent paper, "Without Direction."
His daughter said that for several weeks, he received threats because
of his writings.
Michael Goldfarb and Ahmad spent the duration of the war together reporting
on the Northern Front -- in Ahmad's home, on the battlefield, and finally
on his return to Mosul.