The war was over in Mosul, but other battles were still unfolding. The returnees to the old Iraqi city are still dealing with poverty and disease, and with unidentified bodies buried under the rubble of demolished and mined buildings. Their recovery has become a daily occurrence, no longer newsworthy.
“Everyone here is terrorized, including the security forces… I am a member of several WhatsApp groups with the loyalists, i.e. pro- Iran political parties and armed militias. I have personally witnessed the extent of incitement against activists engaged in local protest movements … ”
Abd Al-Malek was one of the protesters who were killed by security forces using hunting weapons, but they couldn’t kill his beautiful voice and memories with his family and friends who are still holding on to videos that capture the moments of joy and sorrow he’d express in his singing.