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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
My day in Iraq: Foreign worker
On Friday, 7 April, the BBC News website is asking people across Iraq how they live their lives.

Here, Abdul Mine'm Hasan Mohammed Ali, a 45-year-old Sudanese man, describes the perils of living and working in Baghdad.

I have been working as a watch maintenance technician and dealer in Baghdad since 1990.

Abdul Mine'm Hasan Mohammed Ali
The watch technician tries to get home as early as possible
However, I am now seriously considering the possibility of going back to Sudan and being reunited with my family as the whole situation here has become extremely dangerous.

Presently, I am in the process of closing down my business in preparation for travelling to Sudan.

Staying here in Baghdad is no longer good for me. Explosions may happen at any time as a result of a roadside bomb or a car bomb.

I have no other way to save my life but to return to my home here in Baghdad as early as possible.

As a result, I work only for a limited number of hours.

In the past, I used to start work early in the morning and return home only late at night. Now, I go home before sunset.

My relationship with Iraqis is very good and I don't feel any tension when dealing with them.

However, the Iraqi police keep harassing me most of the time. They don't stop asking me about my residence papers and nationality.


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