Mosul Recovery: Two more shops open in Old Mosul

Today, two more shops have opened in Old Mosul in the heart of the local markets, one is located in Bab al Saray and the other in the Uzbakiyya souq.

More than 130 shops have opened since June 2017.

Mosul farmers report unknown infection causing significant damage to potato crop

Farmers from northwest Mosul have complained that their potato crop has been heavily damaged by an unknown infection. Just two days ago something similar happened to the tomato crop in southern Iraq.

Shikhan and Gubba villages are known for producing significant amounts of potatoes that are distributed to local markets across Iraq. The price of potatoes has gone up significantly since reports of the damage.

Mosul Recovery: The heart of Mosul’s old bazaars is back

Souq Bab Al Saray is the heart of the bazaars in Old Mosul. The markets were heavily damaged during the battle to retake the city from ISIS. Since the liberation of Mosul, however, residents have taken it upon themselves to launch a social initiative to recover the markets.

These economic spaces have historically been an important meeting place. Mosul’s traditional houses were built near the markets because the Old City was the commercial center of northern Iraq and trade took place in the Old Souq of Mosul. Thus most wealthy Mosul residents built their houses nearby and along the Tigris River. Rehabilitating this area today is key to developing a local bustling economy again and stabilization efforts. Mosul’s artisans are also an important element connecting culture and commerce, identity and heritage, and hold much potential for the city’s recovery.

Photos from Jan 6, 2019:

They worked hard to recover it and now nearly fifty percent of the markets are back to work again.

We have followed the recovery of the Old Bazaars since early 2018. You can follow them here:

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