Afifa Khalif, 73, recovers at Ibn al Nafees Hospital in Baghdad on May 1, 2009. Government health care is free in Iraq but patients who can afford it usually seek private care because public facilities are so ill-equipped.
Afifa Khalif, 73, recovers at Ibn al Nafees Hospital in Baghdad on May 1, 2009. Government health care is free in Iraq but patients who can afford it usually seek private care because public facilities are so ill-equipped. Corinne Reilly/Merced Sun Star/MCT
Afifa Khalif, 73, recovers at Ibn al Nafees Hospital in Baghdad on May 1, 2009. Government health care is free in Iraq but patients who can afford it usually seek private care because public facilities are so ill-equipped. Corinne Reilly/Merced Sun Star/MCT

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