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Markets, Schools, And Football In Baghdad's Sadr City

The Shi'ite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad was shaken by clashes between U.S. and Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias throughout the mid-2000s. Today, Sadr City is calm, but it bears the scars of earlier fighting and remains one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital. Reuters photographer Ahmed Jadallah spent time documenting the residents and their daily life.

A boy walks past a building in Sadr City, damaged during the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
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A boy walks past a building in Sadr City, damaged during the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

A poultry merchant listens to music at a market in Sadr City. The neighborhood is home to some 1 million people.
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A poultry merchant listens to music at a market in Sadr City. The neighborhood is home to some 1 million people.

A poster depicts Imam Hussein (right) and Imam Abbas, major figures in Shi'ite Islam.
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A poster depicts Imam Hussein (right) and Imam Abbas, major figures in Shi'ite Islam.

A woman walks out of a cosmetics shop in Sadr City.
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A woman walks out of a cosmetics shop in Sadr City.

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