MOSUL, Iraq — In March, VICE returned to Mosul for the first time since the war against ISIS was declared over eight months ago.
While life may be returning to normal in the eastern half of the city, on the other side of the river — where the fighting was most intense — the scale of rebuilding that needs to be done is monumental. It’s estimated there are still 8 million tons of conflict debris that need to be moved before reconstruction can start, equivalent to three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. About 75 percent of that rubble is in West Mosul, and it’s mixed with so much unexploded ordnance that experts say this is now one of the most contaminated spots on the planet.
In the Old City, where ISIS made its last stand, residents have slowly started to come back – a few business owners hoping to repair shops, and families who have no other option but to live in their damaged homes. Some water tanks have been trucked in, and electricity cables have been temporarily patched together along some streets, but the place feels deserted, and in some ways the scene was not that different from how it looked shortly after the fighting.
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+Dicktation _, this is nothing in comparison to the killings of Hindus by Muslims through out centuries. Alas Hindus forgotten and Muslims are worshipping the killer ancestors very proudly and they tease the Hindus by doing so, and Hindus tolerate all the insultes shamelessly. What a shameless communities both?
*This is something Americans have never had to deal with and that's why they keep allowing their governments to engage in endless ways. This is what Europe saw during and after WW2 and they now try to avoid war as much as possible.*
*When you find your beautiful cities littered with dead bodies buildings and roads in ruins, you won't celebrate warfare anymore.*
This is horrific beyond words. It's as if there's some underlying thing going on with the local government... like, they don't seem to give a damn about the PEOPLE that have been murdered...... slaughtered.... The families are so disconnected and surreal. 'We worry about the children going out to play, with the bodies everywhere.'... Showing mildly, but not really, concerned parents, with mischevious kids being all smiles and stuff.
To leave the bodies there.... OMG! The military blows everything up, and then they, and the government just walk away. 'It's not my job.' So, they leave bodies to rot, or for some college kids to clean up.
An entire fleet of mental health counselors with the finest support, will not be able to bring these people back to anything resembling normal.
It's a tragedy.
RIP: HITLER ! We have now quadruplicate horror stories based on Religious & Region to tell to our up-generation and movies to make. Sad reality, Get together until we face same fate those buddies faced. Bless us dear lord we are in dark.
Someone needs to get this crew more protective apparel. Personally I would have gloves up to my elbows, moisture resistant suit and rubber boots. They are absolutely selfless to do work like this. I am not to sure if I could.
john craig if you want the answer to this trust me read Quran. I am not forcing you to do anything. just read if your curious. hope allah (means god in Arabic)
Helps you find the right path. Again i am not forcing you it’s up to you
when the country is left in rubble its time to move.. lol. there's nobody who is coming. vice just wants their check and to go home after their 9-5 and the red cross & all your philanthropy groups are a huge ass lie.
Yeah you dont see that in usa tv duuuh. keep them dumb and blind and feed them just that is needed not more not less. Just agian to keep them in the system and following the system .usa needs to wash some blood of the hands that started this shit
No kid should witness something like and ISIS does not reflect the Islam ☪️ at all. All this is is a total failure of humanity and whoever is responsible for this should face Hague. Iraqi officer is like saying “ To get the milk is not my job”
They could have been killed by Iraqi forces or ISIS or trying to stay away from the fighting and starve. Maybe that's where ISIS put dead bodies cause they knew about being poisoned by them. Who knows how it happen. War is hell. You cant look at war and expect civility.
As a Muslim this breaks my heart, isis killing other Muslims when people think that they’re the only target, isis is a gang, a crooked gang that kills everyone and anyone, god bless those civilians killed and may god strike isis
This is What happens when the Ideology of ISIS takes root in Muslims, and ISIS becomes not some distant enemy, or a close enemy in a few nutjob Individuals, but this is what Happens when ISIS are around you in Significant numbers, to the Free loving world, beware of these people.. A Non muslims fate around them is that of Death or a Life led like a Slave, horrible to see those decomposed bodies and trying to Imagine the type of fate they had in their finale days.
No peace will remain on Earth once the Syrian blood is shed according to prophacy. It was foretold and now we can see it today. The world is taking its last breath. ISIS was foretold as well and that no one should follow them but lack of education has led to all this. English people should let Islamic education be taught the way it is or many will fall into such harms way by not knowing about the prophecies by Muhammad(saw).
This is all what Bush and his friends started full bloodshed destroying all cultures from the America's to Europe Asia and there allies they mobilize and there hearts are cold .they are death in my eyes.almost every country has been in turmoil from all these devils destroying our unity with there weapons of mass destruction .sad to see no heroes in this war .soldiers are used like cattle on both sides of these wars for the hidden hands bloodmoney and power .
Wow. That looks like Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael. Now remember Islam is a peaceful religion. And therefore, Isis is a peaceful organization. Isis peacefully slaughtered indiscriminately tens of thousands of people. Only a monster would join Isis.
This video by the CBC (Canada’s equivalent of PBS) explains a lot about Free-Range Kids!
What is “Free-Range Kids”? You have been dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” by the media. How did you earn this title? Were you a Free Range kid? How can you tell if a kid IS “Free-Range”? What prompted you to found the Free Range Kids movement? What is a helicopter parent? Why were our parents different from today’s parents? Your new book has a section titled “The A-Z review of everything you might be worried about” in which you debunk many parental fears. Did you come across any particularly outrageous parental concerns? You’ve offered readers a number of “Free Range Commandments,” one of which is “Fail!” But we don’t want our kids to fail…do we?
You are raising your kids in New York City, is it harder to be a Free Range parent in the city? You have experienced the media from all angles, as a newspaper columnist, a news consumer and most recently as the sensational subject of a media storm. Has your view of the media changed as a result of this? What should we do to liberate our kids without going crazy with worry? What is “Free-Range Kids”? Free-Range Kids is a commonsense approach to parenting in these overprotective times. You have been dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” by the media. How did you earn this title? In 2008, I let my then-9-year-old ride the subway by himself. He’d been asking us — my husband and me — to please take him someplace and let him find his way home by himself. So my husband and I discussed this. Our boy knows how to read a map, he speaks the language and we’re New Yorkers. We’re on the subway all the time.That’s how it came to be that one sunny Sunday, after lunch at McDonald’s, I took him to Bloomingdales — and left him in the handbag department.I didn’t leave him unprepared, of course! I gave him a map, a MetroCard, quarters for the phone and $20 for emergencies. Bloomingdale’s sits on top of a subway station on our local line, and it’s always crowded with shoppers. I believed he’d be safe. I believed he could figure out his way. And if he needed to ask someone for directions — which it turns out he did — I even believed the person would not think, “Gee, I was about to go home with my nice, new Bloomingdale’s shirt. But now I think I’ll abduct this adorable child instead.”