I stumbled across a few photos I took back in 2007-2008 when I lived in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. I was on contract at the time, training the Iraqi Ministry of Defense soldiers how to manage an IT network. For the first half of my deployment, I lived in a shipping container referred to as a Containerized Housing Unit, or CHU (pronounced choo) for short. Each CHU was separated by a row of sandbags, with absolutely no roof protection. The sandbags were meant to control the blast radius should one of the CHUs take a direct hit, to minimize collateral damage. The roof of the CHUs was so thin, we would often come home to discover a fresh bullet hole in the ceiling. This was particularly true whenever the Iraqis were celebrating and decided to fire their AK-47s into the air. On the nights where we had some forewarning of this, many of us would sleep at work on cots.
During the time I lived in the CHU, my company was building a villa out on the economy. I didn’t get any photos of the villa itself, but it was basically a windowless rectangular brick building I referred to as Stalag 13. I was able to find a few photos of the interior and the yard, which I included in this post. Over ten years later, who knows what this building is currently used for, or if it even still stands.
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