Citizens gather around a car that distribute meat for the poor families in the old city of Mosul, Iraq August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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On a scorching August afternoon, an angry crowd besieged a mini truck loaded with meat of two slaughtered cows amidst the ruins of what was the last Daesh (ISIS) bastion in Mosul.Part of an annual ritual of Eid al-Adha celebrations, the deliveries did little to satisfy people living in the rubble of Mosul's Old City more than a year after Daesh was ousted in a final battle reduced many inhabitants to homeless beggars.Since Iraqi forces celebrated victory over Daesh, life for the Sunni inhabitants of ancient west Mosul, some of whom welcomed Daesh's arrival in 2014, has hardly improved.Many of the Old City's narrow streets remain inundated by wreckage left by the air strikes of U.S.-led coalition forces that helped Iraqi government forces drive out Daesh after nine months of devastating urban warfare.The reconstruction plan for Mosul and the whole of surrounding Ninevah governorate targeted 78 projects for 2017-18 worth 75.5 billion Iraqi dinars ($63.69 million), supplemented by a 135-million-euro ($154.4 million) loan from Germany, according to ReFAATO figures published on Aug. 20 .
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