Scenes from Iraq - February 2003

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Iraq is a country of contrasts. In Baghdad many modern buildings are found, alongside smaller older buildings in the old quarter of the city. A good modern roads system contrasts the older narrower streets, and suburbs with leafy gardens contrast the city older apartment style living.

It is a city where modern cars and traffic jams co-exist with the older forms of transport. Modern facilities have been built for the educational institutions and cultural sites abound, reflecting the richness of the Iraqi custural heritage.

Basrah in the south has a population of only 1.5 million and is a smaller metropolis with more arid surroundings. It does not have the affluence of Baghdad with houses in the poorer areas being made of mud-brick. It is a very pleasant city on the river Al-Arab.

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