Photojournalist Molly Bingham was Official Photographer to the Office of the Vice President of the United States from 1998–2001. On 9/11 she provided some of the few on-the-scene photos of the Pentagon, and in 2003 was detained for eight days by the Iraqi government security services and held in Abu Ghraib prison. Her first major written story––on the Iraqi resistance––was published in Vanity Fair in July 2004. With photographer Steve Connors, she created the award-winning documentary, Meeting Resistance, which aims to understand both the toll of occupation and the human condition of resistance. Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi-born novelist, artist, political commentator and former prisoner of Saddam Hussein’s regime. She is the author of Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London, and City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance. Zangana is a weekly columnist for al-Quds newspaper and a commentator for The Guardian, Red Pepper, and al-Ahram Weekly, and lives in London.
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