Iraqis’ humanity lives on despite conflict

As Iraq goes through its bloodiest days, the humanity of the country’s men shines through

Turki Aldakhil

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As Iraq goes through its bloodiest days, and as sects fight and people are displaced, the humanity of the country’s men shines through.

People’s reaction to a social experiment carried out by the MBC show “The Shock” was very humane. The show’s idea is to act out a certain incident and await people’s reactions. The recent episode from Iraq showed deep humane reactions despite the country’s wounds.

In the episode, a man plays the role of a husband who is beating his wife in a restaurant. Both men and women reacted to put an end to his violence, and many cried over this abusive scene.


After people learnt that this was only a social experiment, one of the men was asked why he intervened. He said: “He was hitting another human being, and even if I don’t know her, she’s after all an Iraqi.” Another man said: “I was aiding someone in distress. Do you want me to ask him or her what his or her sect is?”

Iraq has lived through centuries of harmony among its different ethnic and religious components

Turki Aldakhil

Iraq has lived through centuries of harmony among its different ethnic and religious components. “The Shock” showed how politics has corrupted reality but failed to corrupt the humanity in people’s hearts. When Iraq collapses, the region collapses. The US invasion in 2003 damaged the Iraqi fabric, exhausted the country and fuelled sectarian war.

“The Shock” shocks us because it discovers whatever is left of our humanity, as we humans are all brothers and sisters. There is a huge difference between the innocent Iraq as seen on the show, and the Iraq that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani roams.

This article was first published in Okaz on June 20, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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