2016 #Baghdad is now dominated by government supported Shiite militias. They are brutal. Sectarian violence is on the rise again. Most Sunnis in Baghdad are living in segregated neighborhoods surrounded by Shiite neighborhoods.
Yesterday, when Omar’s family went to pay the kidnappers a ransom they were relieved of their US$20,000. Then they were directed to a garbage bin where they found his body. Unlike Sunni victims, kidnapped Shiites are more likely to be returned alive.
Yesterday Muhammed went to the window to record the gunfire outside and sent the recording to us. It is crystal clear and very near. His mom is afraid and yells at him to get away from the window. Muhammed is afraid to go to school.
If you are Sunni in Baghdad the fear of kidnapping and home invasion by roving militias is a snake coiled within you.