From Baghdad to the bar: A blind refugee’s journey – BBC News

From Baghdad to the bar: A blind refugee’s journey

By Georgina Rannard & Hannah Gelbart
BBC News

Published
28 July 2017

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As Aphra watched her son Allan graduate from Cambridge University last month, she thought back to the moment he was born.

"I’m so sorry your baby is blind," a neighbour in Baghdad had said.

Aphra became the talk of the town because of the taboo associated with her son’s condition.

It was Iraq in 1995 – Saddam Hussein was president, the Gulf War had ended only three years earlier [...]

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