Latest From McClatchy’s Iraqi Staffers: A Glass Man Needed — Sunni or Later

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By: E&P Staff

For several weeks, E&P has featured the blog postings of McClatchy’s Iraqi staffers in its Baghdad bureau. They post — often with bitter humor — at the company’s Inside Iraq site, but their names are partly hidden for obvious security reasons.

Here’s the latest this week, from one of the regular posters, correspondent “Sahar.”
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An explosion in Baghdad is nothing novel. This one was very big. It was also very close to my home, and as a result, most of our windowpanes ended as splinters on the floor.

Neither is this the first time that happens. Routinely, fetch the ?glass-man? and repair the windows… again.

What?s novel about ?this time? is that we couldn?t.

We couldn?t find a ?glass-man? willing to come into our neighborhood to fix the windows. All the professionals in the nearby industrial area are Shiite.

I risked my life going in to fetch one, but they will not risk their lives to fix my windows…understandably.

My kids and I spent the night in a house with no glass in its windows ?
That was novel.

I will have to go out looking for a Sunni ?glass man.” That?s novel.

I asked my colleagues, today, if anyone knew a Sunni ?glass man?; they looked at me as if I had taken leave of my senses.

But I haven?t. I need a ?glass man?, urgently!

Will we spend another night huddled together, pretending to be asleep?
ANYONE??? A SUNNI ?glass man????

And thus it begins.

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