“Mosul has seen radical changes over the last five years,” said MSF health promoter Sahir Dawood. “The first time I went back to the city, just after the end of the battle, it felt like a ghost town. I would look to my right, to my left, and the only things I saw were rubble, destroyed buildings, and empty streets, with a few exhausted people here and there. But now, when I go around the city, I see people working and going out. I see buildings standing, streetlights lit during the night.”
Today, bridges that were destroyed during the war have been rebuilt, once again connecting the West and East sides of the city. Barriers and checkpoints have been gradually removed—a sign of improved security. Today, parents are no longer afraid to let their children play outdoors and send them to school.