Iraqi youth find strength in identity, 20 years after fall of Hussein

Mouayad Mohsen is appalled by the ways of the modern world, and the Iraqi soldier-turned-painter is on a mission to teach his neighbors some manners.

“No one says hello anymore, especially the youth,” he said, enjoying tea at a cafe near his home in Baghdad Gate, a walled-off complex in the heart of Iraq’s capital.

Now, he makes a point of greeting everyone he sees entering his apartment building, even the shady businessman with the fancy car. He misses his old home and hates having to live in a neighborhood surrounded by walls, but felt that he had no choice.

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