Flavours of Iraq, Episode 20: Epilogue

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Since the American army left, Iraq has suffered more …militias and the Islamic State Group have killed thousands, and thousands more have been forced to leave their homes.

Some of my family are still there, often because they didn’t have the option to leave.

My Uncle Ayad, who’d brightened up my first night in Fallujah, hasn’t left.

Like a lot of Iraqis, the war made him harder, now he’s grumpy and antisocial.

He cut himself off from a lot of his friends and family and I haven’t heard from him recently.

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