Displaced Iraqi women weave beads at a school in the northern city of Samarra on January 14, 2018.AFP / Mahmud SALEH
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Threading beads onto a fishing line to make a sparkling ornament, Lamia Rahim is one of dozens of Iraqi women displaced by violence who have turned to handicrafts to support their families.Rahim, 41, is part of a local initiative set up to help families who fled extremists and settled in a school in the city of Samarra, 100 kilometers north of Baghdad. Ahmad says each month the collective manages to make around $1,000 – a sum that is quickly divided up between all the members.The International Organization for Migration estimates that some 2.5 million people remain displaced in Iraq, even as more than 3.2 million have returned to their homes.Now the extremists have been defeated in Iraq, but the bitter legacy of their rise and the years of violence that swept the country after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion remain.
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