In Mosul, there is not a family that does not have deaths to cry, missing to deplore

Mosul is rebuilding little by little, but the old city remains the testimony of the devastation produced by the Islamic State organization and its fall. When the battle began, in October 2016, 1.5 million Mosulioti were trapped. Fighting between jihadists and Iraqi forces backed by the international coalition has been a rare violence, whose ruined buildings bear stigma, especially in the western neighborhoods and in the old city, the site of the ultimate battle of mid -June to mid-July 2017. Photographer Alexandra Rose Howland and journalist Hélène Sallon returned to the city.


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Zeinab Qassem, 39, lives in a reclusive home in the old city of Mosul. In July 2017, her husband went out for water and never returned. Since she could not have a death certificate, she can not receive a widow's pension or carry out administrative procedures, such as enrolling children in school. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Yunis and his family returned to live in their damaged house during the war. Sheets separate the house from the street. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Abdullah Ahmed, 7, plays in an alley between the houses of the old city. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Wahed Ahmed, 55, with his grandson in the Al-Mamoun cemetery. He participated in the burial of the victims of a smear, March 17, 2017. During the strike, 132 civilians were killed. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

In the background, the Al-Mamoun cemetery (west of Mosul) where the victims of the March 17 incident rest. The gravediggers buried more than 1,500 people killed during the fighting. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Dozens of families come to collect themselves on the graves. Some are marked with a simple stone, others carry a tombstone where is inscribed, the mention shahid ("martyr") under the name of the deceased. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Around the cemetery of Al-Mamoun. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Little girls cross the cemetery to go to school. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

A school under reconstruction. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

In the west, in the old city, reconstruction, mainly by civilian volunteers, is slow because the government is not very present. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Ahad Hassam Muhammad, who returned to Mosul, set up a makeshift bed near his house under construction. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Whole families are mobilizing to rebuild homes destroyed during the fighting. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

"We lost three years because of the IS and two years for the liberation of the city. What future can we guarantee for our children with so many lost years? Yunis said, showing his house in ruins. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Ali Zaanoun, is a survivor of the strike of 17 March 2017 attributed to the coalition. "They try to smother the incident and muzzle the witnesses to say that there was a truck bomb. It's wrong ! I received threats. I do not sleep without my pistol, "he says, sitting in the living room of his brother who is hosting him. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Ali Zaanoun keeps the 156 death certificates of the people killed on March 17th. He was able to have them established, patiently and at great expense. He does not have enough money to start the compensation process. "I do not know what I'm entitled to, but it will be nothing compared to what I lost. I have no more children. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

The bridge that reunited the western and eastern parts of Mosul, destroyed during the war, remained abandoned. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

In the neighborhood of Al-Jadidah, the police patrol in prevention of actions of the Islamic State. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Mohammad Shihab, 46, works for civil defense. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

Near the cemetery of Al-Mamoun, a cow in the garbage. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

A year and a half after the liberation of the city, small businesses reappear in the streets of Mosul. Here, a tea room. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

A trader sitting under the cables that supply electricity to the old city. ALEXANDRA PINK HOWLAND FOR THE WORLD.

REF: https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/01/12/a-mossoul-il-n-y-a-pas-une-famille-qui-n-ait-des-morts-a-pleurer-des-disparus-a-deplorer_5408199_3210.html

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