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Friday, July 25, 2014


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

Published 2 June 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Girls attend classes at an Islamic school. Sadr City bears the name of revered Shi'ite cleric Muhammad al-Sadr, who was killed in 1999, reportedly by agents of the Iraqi regime.

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Barbers offer haircuts and shaves for their customers.

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Men relax in Sadr City.

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An Iraqi Shi'ite shepherd watches his buffalos cool off in a pool of sewage.

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Women wait with their babies at a health clinic in Sadr City.

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A fishmonger sells carp, popular as a grilled dish in Baghdad.

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Young men smoke water pipes in Sadr City.

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Young people have lunch at a fast-food restaurant.

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An impromptu soccer game

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Shi'ite orphans attend classes at the Dar Al Noor Orphans Rehabilitation Center in Sadr City. The center helps more than 330 children, most of whom lost their parents in suicide attacks.

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Youths play at a swimming pool in Sadr City.

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Girls walk home from school in the Al-Fdhiliya district of eastern Baghdad.

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A girl cleans up after a sewage leak at her house in the Al-Fdhiliya district of eastern Baghdad.

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Hassoun Karroum Hirmiz, who is blind, poses for a picture inside his house in the Al-Fdhiliya district.

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A girl watches television at home in the Al-Fdhiliya district.

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An Iraqi Shi'ite cleric walks through a poor neighborhood in the Al-Fdhiliya district.