Nabil Hassom

Nabil Hassom prepares a serving of kuba -- an Iraqi dish of fried lamb dumplings in tomato broth -- at his al-Baracka restaurant in the Syrian town of Saida Zainab. The 60-year-old Iraqi, who came to Syria in 2004, laments the collapse of security and the rise of sectarian violence in his homeland since the fall of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000983" title="Saddam Hussein" href="/topic/arts-culture/saddam-hussein-PEHST000983.topic">Saddam Hussein</a>.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Matthew Hay Brown / December 4, 2008 )

Nabil Hassom prepares a serving of kuba -- an Iraqi dish of fried lamb dumplings in tomato broth -- at his al-Baracka restaurant in the Syrian town of Saida Zainab. The 60-year-old Iraqi, who came to Syria in 2004, laments the collapse of security and the rise of sectarian violence in his homeland since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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