Rita first covered the opening days of the 2003 US-led war in Iraq from the northern province of Kurdistan where she documented a unit of women in the Peshmerga militia. Later she was the first freelance journalist to embed with the US military without the support of a news organization. On her most recent trip, she returned dozens of times to a psychiatric hospital where women take refuge from honor killings, a traditional code that has resurfaced in the instability of post-war Iraq.
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