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From doctor to journalist

An Iraqi doctor, now a student at Ball State University in the United States, is giving the world one of its first glimpses inside a Baghdad hospital. The Star Press says, Omer Salih Mahdi "puts a human face on the destruction caused by bombs that rip through Baghdad streets,"
A year before he began filming Baghdad Hospital, a friend introduced him to a pair of American journalists in need of an Iraqi translator. As it turns out, working with George Packer, a writer for The New Yorker, and Deborah Amos, a foreign correspondent for NPR, was a dream assignment. link