Baghdad’s awakening


April 7 th, 2015

Concrete blocks and barbed wire still disfigure Baghdad. Traffic jams due to the security roadblocks, manned by heavily armed soldiers, still test the patience of tens of thousands. Flags and posters in praise of Imam Hussein impose the Shiite majority’s religiosity in Baghdad. Accustomed to the war that became its daily life for 12 years, Baghdad has never ceased to live. Taking advantage of the lifting of the curfew mid-February, one might even say Baghdad became ‘careless’. In the shopping streets, the shadow cabinets for the victims of suicide bombings, shops and cafes are always full.

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