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What life is like for Iraqi kids

Lizo interviewing a child in Iraq. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching/Crown copyright

Newsround's Lizo travelled to Iraq to find out what life is really like out there, four years after the US-led invasion of the country.

One of the things I wanted to find out when I went to Iraq was what children's lives there were really like.

In the time we were there, we were lucky enough to meets loads of different kids.

One afternoon, we went out to a school that the RAF had been helping to rebuild.

It's one of the jobs of the British military out there to try to help local people.

The kids we spoke to seemed to love the new school, and lots of them enjoy seeing the troops because they usually bring presents with them.

A soldier with kids in Iraq. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching/Crown copyright
Lots of kids like seeing the troops as they often take them presents

It reminded me of going to other poor areas around the world, because the small village we visited had very basic facilities.

There was little electricity and it was very hard getting hold of clean water.

Child poverty

One child I spoke to told me how he saw the lives of children in other countries on TV. He said their lives looked so much better and that he wanted his to be like that too.

The violence is a big problem in Iraq, but so is poverty. A lot of children don't have very much.

Lizo playing football with kids in Iraq. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching/Crown copyright
A footie match led to a heated debate about who's the best team in the world

We visited another area where the Army had helped build a new clinic. Before that, people had to travel for miles and miles if they needed medical attention.

Of course, they still knew how to have fun. And before we left we had a quick football kick around, as well as a spirited discussion - ok, an argument - about who the best team in the world was.

The thing that really impressed me was how hopeful the children were for the future.

One told me she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Another wanted to be a doctor. And they said they believed that one day Iraq would become a much safer and more peaceful country.

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