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‘It’s personal here': southern Iraq ablaze as protests rage

 

 

Anger at those perceived to have profited since the defeat of Isis has fuelled resentment

 

Excerpt- "The anger towards the militias and political parties, activists say, began with the defeat of Isis, when young men returned from the frontlines to find that their commanders had turned into warlords, accumulating wealth and business contracts.

 

“So many politicians and officials come from here, and yet this a very poor town in a very poor province,” says Mohamed, a human rights activist and a vocal anti-corruption campaigner. “During the elections the politicians give people blankets and a few phone cards, hire a few men to the police, pave a road … that’s how they win votes. After 16 years of Shia rule, the Shia kids are now saying that things were better under Saddam.”"

 

Photo by Reuters

 

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