This year’s Ramadan in Mosul has marked a return to normality after the brutal rule of ISIS. With local residents leading the charge in renovating the city, Mosul is becoming the safe cultural hub it once was.
Ramadan is a time for family reunions in Muslim countries, but in Mosul such events often only come about after several hours of shopping to collect the ingredients for the elaborate dishes for which the city is famed. Moslawis have revived another tradition: long tables set up on the streets to feed the poor.
This is the first time in 4 years that the local residents of Mosul, Iraq are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan free from ISIS rule. Shopkeepers are returning to their shops to resume life and heritage back to Mosul.