For Iraqis, a Name May Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

Christians and Sunni Muslims in Iraq increasingly find it prudent, or at least a good career move, to change their names in order to conceal their religious identity.

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Omar Yassin al-Dulaimi, 29, from Iraq’s Diyala governorate, only wanted to be a civil servant. Friends suggested a name change could improve his prospects. Omar is a typical Sunni Muslim name; the government...