Episode 13 - "Hidden Camera"

Adel tours a dangerous neighborhood armed with only a camera.

Viewer Comments

I never thought about the garbage issue. So, before the war, was it like in the United States? One would put their garbage by the street and a truck comes by to take it away? So now, what does your family do with their trash? Do you have to take it somewhere yourselves or do you just place it outside and it stays there? ... Does it smell badly? ... I imagine it must especially with the hot weather. Adel, you're very brave. Be careful.
Posted on: April 11, 2007

I feel for you i do. No one has the right to be terrorised the way people in iraq have you all have the right to clean and safe living not a day goes by when i wish it would all end and give iraqi people the peace and security they deserve. my prayers are with you all
Posted on: April 11, 2007

Awww man! it must smell terrible with the garbage! and its freaking hot there i can imagine... haha o shoot! well good luck yaar. stuff like that happens in india all the time. or at least when i visit my country. so ya.... and the hidden camera trick is genius. hats off to ya.. lolz -Pinky
Posted on: April 11, 2007

Hello Adel, OMG! because of your brave action, this is the best video yet! this is exactly what people wanted to see about Iraq and the horroble situation there. So i guess your problems there are endless! starting with the war and bombings, electricity, water, education, and now... trash. it is one of the problems we never thought about, i mean even picking up trash is now so dangerous?! And congrats on actually making your voice heard! The Rolling Stone is a very famouse magazine, and it is great to see that (Hometown Baghdad) is mentioned there. Keep up the good work, and stay safe.
Posted on: April 11, 2007

I feel for you man. Get out! For your sake please leave. You guys seem to be a good group of people. I worry every time i watch this that something will happen to you. Be safe.
Posted on: April 11, 2007

[...] Baghdad’s most dangerous areas with only a camera Touring Baghdad’s most dangerous areas with only a camera Young Iraqi Adel hides a camera in his backpack to capture what has become of his [...]
Posted on: April 11, 2007

Hello Adel, thank you for letting us into your world. I am like most Americans we feel help less. We want more than anything for you guys to have freedom and safety. I hope out of all the pain that has been caused by this war something comes of this. Your filming is an inspiration to millions this is what we were waiting for. I must say when I saw thousands or Iraqis marching on Baghdad at the 4 year anniversary. It brought a tear to my eye. I saw unity in strength in your people that I did not know existed. I did not care of the premise of the protest even if it's against the occupation or against my nation. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. From gods lips to your ears things will get better, peace to you. Warmest Regards, James Huntington Beach, CA
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Dude, I think you're crazy - if this area is the one i think it is, you've taken an exponential risk just to show some garbage, Mike must be paying well. p.s. you look impossibly similar to my neighbor, Mahmood, you're not his twin by any chance? He also lives in this area.
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Adel! Look at you! You're a famous rock star now :)
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Dear Lord, why did you show your face on that video? Stay safe.
Posted on: April 12, 2007

keep going, we espescially need this kind of media to understand what is really going on in this conflict ! France is also watching you!
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Wanna see my picture on the cover Wanna buy five copies for my mother Wanna see my smilin' face On the cover the cover of the Rollin' Stone Rock on, dude!
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Hey Rock Star! Adel, how long ago did you shoot this video? (It's a little confusing sometimes, not knowing when the videos have been taped).
Posted on: April 12, 2007

Hello everyone! I wanted to thank you for watching the videos and for the nice comments it means alot to us. it breaks my heart everyday to see my beautiful neighborhood turning into wasteland filled with burned cars, derstroyed houses, piles of garbage and the most painful and disturbing loss is the dead bodies on the streets, I shed tears everyday for Baghdad, this city once was the capital of the world, this whole country contributed so much to the human civilization. let us all pray in diffrent ways for the people of Iraq perhaps we will someday reach the end of this chaos, hatred, greed and insanity.
Posted on: April 13, 2007

hi, i wanna say that thanks to that episodes all of u show how people in Iraq live . It's very good that u show this to all over the word. U give a big contrubution to opening people's mind , so that's really good. Be careful while u r shotting the video . Take care I wish all of u all the best :)
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Amen. ( Āmeen )
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Hey Fady - i had to look up those lyrics! pretty awesome reference.... Adel - thanks for commenting, man. and we're here with you shedding tears.
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Hello Adil, Saif and Usama.. These are very brave actions what you are doing, but they are moving to the foolish side (I am sorry to say that). It is endangering your lives since these videos you are posting are not only seen by outsiders but are accessible be people inside Iraq. I wish you be very cautious. Gambling with one's life is not a fair game at all. I am an Iraqi too. I have been through what you are going through. I lost two close friends because they thought they are brave to handle it. I understand that there is a feeling of helplessness when you are sitting in the dark nights of Baghdad and doing nothing. I know that you wanted to do and say something about that. I am in the United States and believe me, I used to get into discussions almost every day about Iraq and the terrible situation. I stopped some time ago because I realized that the change can only come from inside Iraq not from outside. American Politics have done everything brilliantly wrong. How could they do it in this way? Stay safe. Nothing is worth your life and the lives of your beloved families.
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Yes Bassam, I totally understand what you're saying. Everyone else would think it's crazy to work on such a documentary, especially these days. But I guess that's what it takes to make about anything. It was very brave of Adel to get such footage, and I was overwhelmed by it the first time he handed me these tapes. Adel has always been a survivor, and I hope he keeps on being like that. Brave filmmaking and documentation. Cheers, Adel.
Posted on: April 13, 2007

Adel I just wanted to second Bassam's point, there is a point where being brave crosses the line into recklessness, and the risk is not worth it. What you are doing is vitally important, and I am not saying you should stop but remember these videos will be watched by everyone, remember what and were you cover could place not only yourselves but your families and loved ones at extreme risk. Please please be careful and try and stay safe.
Posted on: April 14, 2007

Another great episode; but please be careful. You're already risking so much just by telling your stories; if you'd been caught actually *filming* on the streets.... I don't even want to think about what would have happened. Take care and stay safe.
Posted on: April 14, 2007

The Carnival of the Liberated... Welcome to the Carnival of the Liberated, a sampler of some of the best posts of the week from Iraqi and Afghan bloggers. This week we've got blogging under a real name, the Sarafiya bridge, the attack on the Iraqi parliament, a......
Posted on: April 17, 2007

May you continue to get your work out. May you be safe. I wish that every American were made to see what you must endure all the time. We have no idea, no clue, and--too often--far too little compassion for what you are enduring and have for more than thirty years. Please know that not everyone -- not even most, any more--believe that we somehow liberated you, so why can't you all get it right. Some of us so weep for what this Administration and congress unleashed in your country. Thank you for your courage and your honesty.
Posted on: April 27, 2007

DEAR FRIENDS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR GIVING US A GLIMPS OF YOUR LIVES THERE NOW. WE REALLY SEE VERY LITTLE BUT FOR THE BOMBINGS AFTERMATH. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE NOT OPENED UP YOURSELVES TO DANGER. IF I COULD AND OUR PRESIDENT ALLOWED IT, I WOULD HELP ALL OF YOU LEAVE FOR THE TIME BEING FOR THE USA. UNFORTUNATELY, EVEN THE IRAQIS THAT HAVE HELPED THE USA CAN'T GET VISAS NOW. MAYBE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS. YOU GUYS ARE THE FUTURE OF YOUR NATION. WELL EDUCATED, WESTERN ORIENTED AND SHOULD BE GETTING READY TO ENTER THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF THE NATION. INSTEAD, YOU MUST HIDE IN YOUR HOMES WITH ELECTRICITY OFF FOR HOURS A DAY. AMERICA HAS BROUGHT YOU WILL "FREEDOM". TOMORROW MUST BE A BETTER DAY FOR YOU. I WOULD WISH THAT YOUR VIDS WOULD BE SHOWN AROUND THE COUNTRY HERE TO SHOW HOW MUCH THINGS HAVE CHANGED FOR THE BETTER - OR SO SAY OUR PRESIDENT BUSH! ROCK
Posted on: April 27, 2007

dear brave friends, i was realy happy when i saw your tapes and the way that you work with it. you are now my hero's .i leave iraq to safe my live but my family still there and im realy dont know and most of people who interest to see a realable situation in iraq ,we dont see what exactly happend exept what the media show to us & i believe its 1% of what exactly happend there... its a brave job what you did.. go further and we are (the iraqis outside iraq) encourage you...but safe yourself from those closed minded people . i believe iraq now is full of them. i wait more from you .... we want to see every thing in your miserable life in order to explain it here ..even if it is small things... we waiting for example a video for those walls that they want to make a most beautiful baghdad be a small cantones! we pray for you& we aproud of you. alsalam elikom.
Posted on: April 27, 2007

|You are living in the best years of your lives,using the power of the internet to communicate to the world better than ever the truth of so much sorrow.You have chosen to thrive, rather than to just survive, a sure sign that God is with you............please be safe..your countrys life depends on your lives...You are the future........|H-town, Texas loves you all.........
Posted on: May 28, 2007

Adel: Yours is the only coverage of the state of Iraq that I trust. You and your peers are bring footage to the world that I believe has more influence than you imagine. Around my town "hometown baghdad" is a household name. Myself as well as many others have links to your site on our webpages. You and your crew are very, very brave. I have a massive amount of respect for you and the work that you do. Please take as much precaution as possible. Anna Purdy Chapel Hill, NC
Posted on: July 08, 2007


  1. Brains on Campus

  2. The Dentist

  3. Forbidden Salad

  4. Powerless

  5. Songs of Pain

  6. Abdullah Leaves

  7. Symphony of Bullets

  8. Last Resort

  9. Iraqis Shooting Each Other

  10. Mentally F'ed Up

  11. Saif Heart Noor

  12. Exams

  13. Hidden Camera

  14. Barbwire

  15. Kiss and Tell

  16. Across The River

  17. Hubbly Bubbly

  18. Anger Pain Death Madness

  19. Security

  20. Liberation

  21. My Best Friend Zaid

  22. Sick of This

  23. Iraqi Man

  24. Troops

  25. The Palace Maid

  26. Beggar At the Gate

  27. Market Boom

  28. Tickets & Popcorn

  29. Nothing But Guitar

  30. Over Here and Over There

  31. City on the Sea

  32. Goodnight, Baghdad

  33. Out of War

  34. Back to Baghdad

  35. Trouble finds Its way

  36. Zaghareet

  37. One of Thousands

  38. Jimi Hendrix