Abu Ghraib Rx

Minnesota nurse Deanna Germain describes serving at Iraq's most notorious prison.

We all kind of fight this feeling of floating between two worlds and being part of neither. You've dreamt of green grass, and flushing toilets, and all these things—it's what keeps you going day after day. And then you get here, and you love it all, but you're missing...how could you miss Abu Ghraib? And of course, it was the people you missed—people who understood you.

 

Deanna Germain's memoir, Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib, is available from Borealis Books

As told to Kevin Hoffman

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