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Last Updated: Tuesday July 10 2007 18:59 GMT

In pictures: Children in Iraq

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

Loads of children in Iraq have grown up in the middle of all the fighting that's happened since the US-led invasion in 2003. Newsround Lizo went to meet some of them to find out what their lives are really like.

Iraqi kids with British troops. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

It's one of the British troops' jobs to try to help local people in Iraq and Lizo got to meet loads of children at a school the RAF had been helping to rebuild in Iraq's second biggest city, Basra.

Iraqi kids with British troops. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

Lots of children told Lizo they loved their new school and were used to seeing British troops out and about.

Iraqi kids with British troops. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

They said they enjoyed meeting the troops because they usually gave them presents.

Iraqi kids with one of the troops. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

Many children in Iraq don't have very much, as poverty can be just as big a problem as violence in some parts of the country.

Iraqi kids with British troops. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

Some said they wished their lives could be like those of the kids they see on TV.

Lizo playing footie with Iraqi kids. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

But they still find ways to enjoy themselves and couldn't resist the chance to have a quick game of footie with Lizo.

Lizo playing footie with Iraqi kids. Picture by Cpl Wayne Beeching / Crown copyright

Looks like he was no match for this young player, though!



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