Layla Quran is a Global Studies major at UNC Chapel Hill. The Division or Development? Iraq and the US Occupation website is based on her research for the At Home/On the Wall independent study in Spring 2012. She writes about the origin of the project:
I became interested in the physical and psychological barriers in the modern world as a Palestinian denied entry from Jerusalem because of my Palestinian passport, but I became interested in Iraq and the sectarian divide as a human being interested as to what was causing the sectarianism thousands of miles away from the United States.
The project grapples with two questions:
How has U.S. military invasion influenced sectarian walls, both physically and psychologically, between the people of Iraq, particularly Baghdad?
What have been the political, social, and economic impacts of such sectarian divides?