25 Dec 2009

Private day for NZ nurse in Iraq

8:57 am on 25 December 2009

A New Zealand Red Cross nurse based in Iraq says Christmas Day will be a private, quiet affair for her and her colleagues, but will have all the trimmings.

Joyce Hood is based in the city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, as one of a training unit of seven.

She says Christmas Day will be marked with turkey, a cake, and a palm tree decorated with lights.

Ms Hood's deployment to Iraq is her 11th overseas posting.

She says her greatest challenges there are having to dress head to toe, and - as a woman - not being able to go out very often.