- Title: Residents of west Mosul begin repairing their city
- Date: 5th August 2017
- Summary: WEST MOSUL, IRAQ (AUGUST 5, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WORKERS REBUILDING SEWAGE TUNNEL MAN MOVING CONCRETE BLOCKS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE AND UNLOADING IT VARIOUS OF MEN CARRYING AND PILING CONCRETE BLOCKS OWNER OF THE BUILDING, ADEL MAHMOUD, CHECKING ON WORKERS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF WEST MOSUL AND OWNER OF BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION, ADEL MAHMOUD, SAYING: "We place responsibility on the central government and on the international community because they are not providing support to this destroyed city that is inhabited by more than 4 million people. Its people are displaced and are living in camps, their homes have been destroyed, there is no employment. As for me, in my area, I am reconstructing my shop at my own expense." VARIOUS OF WORKERS CUTTING STEEL RODS VARIOUS OF MEN MIXING CEMENT VARIOUS OF MEN POURING CEMENT INTO CONSTRUCTION SITE MAN PREPARING BREAD AT MAKESHIFT RESTAURANT KEBABS BEING COOKED MAN PREPARING TO SERVE KEBABS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF MOSUL, KATHEM HUSSEIN, SAYING: "(The situation) is good, thank God. But we hope that water and electricity will be reinstated, and we ask the people currently in the east (of Mosul) to come back here (in the west). Life is back to normal." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE EATING AT RESTAURANT
- Embargoed: 19th August 2017 18:16
- Keywords: rebuilding West Mosul clearing rubbles in Mosul Mosul construction workers repairing Mosul buildings
- Location: WEST MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: WEST MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SVQBLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: After nine months of fighting, some businessmen in Mosul began rebuilding their shattered premises on Saturday (August 5) without waiting for financial support from the cash-strapped Iraqi government or the international community.
Adel Mahmoud, whose said he was rebuilding his shop at his own expense, lamented the lack of support.
Other West Mosul residents have begun clearing rubble from the streets and repairing essential services like power lines and sewage system and with the city back in government's hands, hundreds of people have been heading back to their homes.
Lack of basic services has deterred many others from returning, but Kathem Hussein, who opened a makeshift restaurant serving locals, said life was back to normal and asked people to return to West Mosul.
Before the war, Mosul was Iraq's second-largest city, known for its diversity, religious conservatism and nationalism. After the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, it became a base for al Qaeda and the Sunni insurgency and then served as the capital of Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria for three years.
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