A Look at Life in Mosul (1)
Publish date : Friday 24 November 2017 15:25
Men dance and sing from a car as they celebrate a wedding in West Mosul on November 3, 2017 in Mosul, Iraq. Five months after Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city was liberated from ISIL in a nine-month long battle, residents have returned to the destroyed city to rebuild their lives. After more than two years of ISIL occupation, savage fighting, airstrikes and as ISIL fighters retreated they intentionally destroyed remaining key infrastructure such as bridges, government buildings, water and sewage facilities and neighborhoods laced with booby traps and homemade bombs leaving the city in ruins. Despite the damage residents have hastily returned and managed to setup temporary shops, homes and services to help bring the city back to life. In West Mosul, home to the Old City, more than 32,000 homes were destroyed and a recent report from the U.N. estimates repairing Mosul's basic infrastructure will cost more than $1 billion and take years to complete.