Baghdad to Brooklyn — how’s that for culture shock?
After almost seven years — and three kidnappings — in Iraq, CNN’s Michael Ware says his recent reassignment to New York has been a difficult transition.
“My body still feels like it’s constantly dodging bullets,” says Ware, who lives in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section.
“Crowds can feel threatening. When I open a window, I’m looking for snipers. If somebody cuts me off in traffic, it could be the beginning of a kidnapping.”
Ware, an intrepid Aussie, says his post-traumatic stress is no different from that of many of his soldier friends’. “It’s about learning how to come home. It’s not a simple thing. It takes a lot of time and care. I’m getting help as I go through the process.”
A former prosecutor and pro rugby player, Ware, 40, joined CNN International in 2006 after serving as Time‘s Baghdad bureau chief. He appeared regularly on Anderson Cooper’s “360.”