Noria Khalaf giggled and then, embarrassed, covered her smile with a fold of her black robes. Yes, she said, she would like to marry again. It had been four years since her husband died, and her children needed a father.
Finding a good man in Baghdad these days is a challenge. Not only is nearly every trailer in this dusty government-run camp on the capital’s outskirts occupied by war widows like her, with nary a man in sight, but across Iraq women now outnumber men.
Some widows ask their brothers to bring friends by the camp, one of two packed trailer camps for widows in Baghdad. But that is not often successful.
The problem is that widows do not make appealing brides, say the women themselves and nongovernmental organizations that assist them.
“Maybe a young woman with only one or two kids can marry again,” Ms. Khalaf said with a sigh; she has six children. Widows are not a new social problem in Iraq, of course. The war with Iran in the 1980s left tens of thousands of women widowed. read more>>>