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My forbidden love for a US soldier: What happens when an Iraqi student and a soldier from the invading US army fall in love?

My forbidden love for a US soldier: What happens when an Iraqi student and a soldier from the invading US army fall in love?

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My forbidden love for a US soldier: What happens when an Iraqi student and a soldier from the invading US army fall in love?

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Length:
40 minutes
Released:
May 19, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

Mortada Gzar experienced violence and persecution as a gay teenager under Saddam Hussein's regime. He tells Jo Fidgen how he tried to immerse himself in religion to overcome his feelings, later serving as an imam while studying at university in Baghdad. But during the US-led occupation of Iraq in 2003, he fell deeply in love with an American soldier who was stationed at a checkpoint outside his university. The two men spent years hiding their relationship, and dreamed of one day living openly together in the US. But things didn't go according to plan...

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Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producer: Rebecca Vincent

Picture: Mortada Gzar
Credit: Jonathan Reibsome
Released:
May 19, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode