Abu Abbas is an Iraqi Shia Muslim living in the UK. He visits Iraq regularly, using his profession as cover for carrying out clandestine charitable work for Shia widows. The ruling elite views the Shia majority as potentially rebellious and has historically discriminated against them.
I went recently for a 10-day visit to Iraq. A large number of women have lost their husbands, brothers or fathers to the regime - they have either been executed, are in prison, or have just disappeared.