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Iraq profiles: Everyday lives

BBC News looks at life in Iraq through the eyes of five different people.

AMIR JASSEM: SOCIAL WORKER

Amir Jassem on his life in the orphanage and as a diving coach

ALI TA'AYYIB: WEDDING MUSICIAN

Ali plays his trumpet at a traditional Iraqi wedding

THURAYA HASHEM: VET

Thuraya tends to the lions who once lived in presidential palaces

DHIKRA SARSAM: PAINTER

Painter Dhikra Sarsam says art can provide an escape from Iraq's troubles

HUSSEIN ALI: BIN MAN

Hussein Ali joins his workmates to collect rubbish in Sadr City



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