Living in Iraq Since the US Invasion


The U.S. invasion of Iraq has changed the lives of people who live there on a daily basis. For those that have to contend with these changes on a day to day basis, life can be extremely challenging at times. The effects of the U.S. invasion have had an overwhelming impact on individuals that had absolutely nothing to do with the reasons for the invasion or anything else. In fact, many of those that are impacted the most are the ones who are simply trying to live their daily lives and get by. Some things are better, but it all comes at a cost. In addition, the challenges of daily life in the area have increased in a place where it was already challenging to survive. This has made living in the region extremely difficult for many families and for many others, they live in fear on a daily basis.


  • The Effects of the U.S. Invasion

Essentially, the U.S. invasion was designed to remove leaders who are nothing more than dictators out of power and make the environment safer, both for the Iraqi people and for everyone else around the world. Mind you there are alternative views on the real reasons for the invasion of Iraq. However, there are always drawbacks to every action and this is no different. In reality, the invasion has done a number of things that no one really considered when the invasion started:

1) people are now living a mostly nomadic lifestyle

2) there is a great deal of fear in the area because the fighting still rages on

3) there is often a shortage of food and clean water

4) anyone that chooses to help the Americans may suffer dire consequences


  • The Challenges of Daily Life

Obviously, when all of this is considered it is easy to understand why so many people are uneasy. There are a lot of challenges associated with daily life, to say the least. It can be extremely difficult to do something as simple as keep the family healthy and well fed. Depending on the specific location in question, some of these problems were always present but now, they are worse in many regions. Unfortunately, the U.S. invasion has caused life to be more difficult for many people when the goal was to do exactly the opposite. That is not to say that people in the region are not grateful, but there is so much fear that it often becomes difficult to know how people must contend with things. No one wants to live under the rule of dictators. However when anyone choosing to help the Americans end up suffering the consequences, often involving the torture and death of loved ones.


  • Getting Around Iraq

And the simple task of getting around is fraught with danger. One could end up in the middle of heated firefight and end up in serious trouble. However it is impractical to stay indoors 24/7 and life must move on. And so in spite of all the fighting the limo industry there is not dead by any measure and is making a comeback. Crazy to think of a stretched Humvee being hired out for $400 per day with the interior decked up ready for weddings to serve those who can afford to pay for this luxury!! Ok sure maybe not as safe as being in a New Zealand limousine – one of our lucky colleagues raved about one limo company whilst there. New Zealand is renowned as being one of the most peaceful countries in the world and is a far cry from Iraq. In fact quite a few Iraqis have chosen to resettle in other countries for their families and New Zealand and Australia have been amongst those countries that have welcomed them in.


  • Living In the Area

Many people that have clean running water, electricity and other amenities do not fully understand what it is like to live in a region where the conditions are so adverse that it can sometimes be difficult to live blissfully. The situation is compounded through the daily combat zones which make it almost inconceivable for families to survive, especially in the areas that have been hardest hit. In these areas, many villages have been destroyed or people are forced to flee because it is no longer safe to stay. Either way, most people that live there are anxious for the fighting to end and hope that at some point in the near future, their own personal lives can return to some semblance of normalcy.