"This is a mother to all of us who left Iraq," AlKarkhi says. "So when you look at it, you look into your mother's eye. The eyes of this woman reflect the eyes of the mothers of everybody who left home."
Photo: Walid Jawad
Atul Gawande is associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a staff member of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His other books include Better and Complications.