With the dust from the Battle of Mosul yet to settle, journalists seem to have all but forgotten the city still reeling from the destruction left behind by I.S.
In this week’s Dateline story, ‘Mosul: Life after I.S’, reporter Amos Roberts captures the lives of people in a once bustling city, as they attempt to reclaim their lives and culture.
“There’s been a lot of coverage of Mosul at the end of the battle, and I was really interested in getting in after the carnage and finding some interesting people,” Amos tells Dateline intern Hareem Khan.
“I think after everything they’ve been through and the fact that I.S is no longer there, the fact that they have opportunities they haven’t enjoyed for a long time – there’s an enormous amount of hope.”
Despite the obvious reminders of battle around him, Amos says there was more to the city than the doom and gloom often portrayed in mainstream news.
“Attending the peace festival – there were at least 20,000 people there – I just had the sense of a city full of people with hope, with aspirations wanting to be reconnected with the world.
“And yet knowing I had to leave before the band even played because it wasn’t considered safe for me to stay overnight – it was difficult.”
Listen to Amos and Hareem’s conversation here:
Watch Amos’ full story here:
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