Iraqis are fleeing their country in record numbers. One of the biggest hindrances to leaving, however, is the passport department.
Only fifty passports are given each day, and each area of Baghdad is apportioned a specific day for their neighborhood.
Because there are so many neighborhoods, you must wait six months for your day to come around again. This difficult process leads Iraqis to spend the night in the street, just to be the first in line for their passport.
Here are some photos from our Iraqi correspondent Omar Abdullah, depicting the scene outside the Passport Department.
[Editor’s note: Brian will be travelling Monday and Tuesday. If possible he will upload a new video early Tuesday morning.]