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Posted by RonKim Monday, November 19, 2018

A young Iraqi woman's obsession with all things Korean inspires her dream of moving to South Korea


Heba is a young Iraqi woman with a good job as an electrical engineer and the prospect of a decent future.


At 28, she owns a modern flat in the newly-built Bismayah New City in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where she lives with her mother and younger sister. It's a vast development of neat, white and beige apartment blocks, wide, well-lit walkways and plenty of green spaces, where children can play and ride their bikes.


Heba says living there makes her feel safe and secure.


"This place has given us freedom and peace of mind," she says of the complex that is one of many joint ventures between the governments of Iraq and South Korea.


But this isn't Heba's only South Korean connection.


In fact, she's obsessed with all things South Korean. She uses Korean cosmetics, listens to Korean music, watches Korean dramas on television, cooks Korean food and has studied Korean Hangul with the aid of YouTube tutorials.


"Korea didn't shape who I am, but it did bring out the real me," she reflects.


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    qst3552 Monday, November 19, 2018 0
    Monday, November 19, 2018

    Beautiful. Differences bring different people together. Koreans and Iraqis who come to each others countries will reduce the differences and make both countries richer and more equal.


    A Cultural and racial difference is like an electric potential. It causes a current between the countries that equalizes them and consequently removes the difference/potential which stops the current. Both sides are enriched.

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    SalviaElf Monday, November 19, 2018 0
    Monday, November 19, 2018

    Like me Or Other Kpop Fans !

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    pinkerwinkle Tuesday, November 20, 2018 0
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    She is so cute~

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    mipcy Monday, November 19, 2018 0
    Monday, November 19, 2018

    You do you.

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    VenusMiranda Monday, November 19, 2018 1
    Monday, November 19, 2018

    She's just like any other kpop fan... like, we have A LOT of people who've done it... why is that news?

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    eunhaesjelf Tuesday, November 20, 2018 0
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    I think its news, cause iraq is known for being an unstable country, where theres no future for you as a woman. Other than that the culture in iraq does not neccessary accept a working woman, or traveling woman.

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