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Lawlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women especially vulnerable. Correspondent Anna Badkhen and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova visited a secret women’s shelter in Baghdad to meet with rape victims and war widows and document their stories. I interviewed the reporters in their hotel room in Baghdad via Skype for this episode of The Investigators. Photographs and video by Mimi Chakarova. I produced and edited the final video.
The Investigators is CIR’s web-video series highlighting investigative reporting—as it happens—by journalists around the world. See the video on CIR’s website.