Wednesday, 8 February 2017

How Mosul’s young people are leading a clean-up effort after the departure of IS

How Mosul’s young people are leading a clean-up effort after the departure of IS

02/07/2017

Life is slowly getting back to normal for people living in the eastern part of Mosul after the zone was liberated from the clutches of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi army and its allies on January 18. In the days since liberation, our Observer has rolled up his sleeves and got to work cleaning up the rubble-littered streets and erasing signs of the occupation. He also wants to rebuild tolerance in his community by raising awareness about what he considers to be the “true” Islam — a religion much more moderate than the bloody, hateful extremism preached by the IS group.

More than two million people were living in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, when it fell to the IS group in June 2014. Last month, the Iraqi army managed to recapture all of the neighbourhoods in east Mosul. However, the IS group still controls the neighbourhoods to the west of the Tigris River, which divides the city in two. So, in recent days, the river has become the frontline of the battle between the IS group and the Iraqi army.

Our Observer, Mahmoud Chaker, lives in Zohor, a residential neighbourhood in eastern Mosul. He says life in this part of the city “seems almost normal these days.” Chaker teamed up with two friends to launch a campaign on social media to inspire residents to clean up and rebuild their rubble-filled neighbourhoods. Their slogan is "Make Mosul more beautiful".


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