03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Violence Leads To Spate Of "Temporary" Marriages For Iraqi Widows

At 18, Zahraa Abdulrasool married a man 15 years her senior, a good man, she said, who never refused a day's work. To support his family, he drove a truck from Basra to Baghdad, a perilous journey in these days of war, sectarian violence and lawlessness.

"I pleaded with him to stop," she said, " to find some other kind of work, but there was no other work."

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