Pride of Baghdad

Only captivity has to be learned


The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.


A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.


A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.

Pride of Baghdad and the 2003 American invasion of Iraq

Pride of Baghdad is an allegory of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. Each 7 character in the story represents someone or something that happened during the time of the invasion.

Starting with Safa and Noor. Safa represented Sunni Iraq. Sunni Iraq witnessed many horrific things in the past while they were free which makes them think captivity is safer.In the book Safa is terrified of freedom because she was raped while freenand she also thinks captivity is safer just like Sunni Iraq. Noor represented the Shia Iraq.