What Is Left of Kuwait?

The country has weathered an invasion, aerial bombardment and a scorched earth endgame. Now it faces the task of rebuilding.

For the exiled Kuwaitis who have been waiting more than six months for the liberation of their country, the roller-coaster events of last week unleashed contradictory emotions. On the one hand, there were feelings of anticipation, even joy, that a return to their homeland was imminent. But many also shared a sense of foreboding at what they would find when they arrived. "For me, Kuwait was a paradise," says Anwar Alduiaj, who manufactured ladies' clothing in Kuwait City before the Iraqi invasion. "Suddenly, the country our grandfathers built for us in 50, 60 years collapsed in hours. And it went from...

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