In the latest installment of "Hometown Baghdad," Ausama shows the damage that callous American forces inflicted on his safe haven -- his grandmother's house. You can almost see the gears turning in his head as he ponders what kind of security the occupation provides.
In this episode of the outstanding Web documentary series "Hometown Baghdad," Adel interviews his young brother and cousin, both of whom had just witnessed a gruesome killing. He is convinced the two young Iraqis already show signs of the psychological trauma that comes from growing up in a war zone.
In this episode of "Hometown Baghdad," Adel, Ausama and Saif comment on the violence that has become so commonplace a daylong gun battle feels more like an inconvenience than cause for alarm.
These are stories from Iraq, told by people who live there. It's easy to forget that amid the carnage and chaos we read about, regular people are simply trying to live out their lives in peace.