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Sulaymaniyah Hosts Inaugural Bird Festival

Organisers of the first bird festival in Sulaymaniyah hope that the event will promote a greater interest in owning and caring for feathered friends. Over 70 bird keepers travelled from across the Kurdistan Region to exhibit around 500…

Ganous – Where A Single Cigarette Costs $2

Among photos of Iraqis celebrating freedom, as towns are retaken from ISIL, it’s common to see people smoking. From young boys on the banks of the Tigris in Qayyarah, to elderly women puffing in the shade in Debaga IDP camp, cigarettes are…

What It Means To Be Yazidi In 2016

We lived safely in our homes, did our jobs and kept ourselves to ourselves until the shocking morning when ISIL militants launched an attack on us that displaced thousands of families as they illustrated their contempt for humanity. They…

Swimming Pools: Iraqis’ Summer Refuge

Salam Zidane – Yalla – Baghdad As the mercury passes 50C, Iraqis have been heading to public swimming pools in droves. Cooling down is one thing, but health officials warn that inattention to basic water quality standards can spread…

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