Monday, October 17, 2005
The kind of story from Iraq that never gets the lead in the Times, or most anywhere else.
Clutching net bags of overnight essentials with boxes of ballots under their arms, about 700 poll workers climbed aboard giant armored trucks on Friday and rode along one of Iraq's most dangerous highways to voting sites all over this city...
The pay was low ($300 for 10 days) considering that the risk was high... Even so, the workers could barely suppress their joy.
"Before, we faced danger that was not useful," said Khalid Hassan, a 53-year-old government employee from Diwaniya in southern Iraq, referring to the wars fought under Saddam Hussein. But since the Americans arrived, he said, "the danger, it has a purpose."... [NYT]