Middlemen

Sarah Amy Fishlock graduated from Photography in 2011 and is currently working as a freelance photgrapher.

During her final year Sarah researched the role of Iraqis in Glasgow who had worked with the British Army in Iraq as translators and facilitators, resulting in a publication or her research, interviews and photographs called ‘Middlemen’.

In 2007, under increasing public pressure, the British government pledged assistance to its locally engaged staff in Iraq. These ordinary people, viewed as ‘collaborators’, are targeted by fundamentalist militia and subjected to brutal reprisals : threats, kidnapping, torture and murder. Their situation went largely ignored by the British press until a series of articles by Times journalist Deborah Haynes revealed the truth. This project documents the lives of three Iraqi staff who were resettled in Glasgow.