At the age of just 4, Stbark finds soldiers and rockets more normal than classrooms and schoolmates.
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Stbark meanders the alleyways in the Old City of Mosul, a place that is both her home and a frontline. Dressed in red floral pajamas, she is led by Iraqi troops who laugh and play with her between firing mortar rounds.
“The first environment she has ever been exposed to is the police. She loves them more than she would students in a school,” Abullah, her father, said. “She plays with them and they bring her sweets.”Stbark’s family is among the estimated 400,000 civilians, about a quarter of Mosul’s pre-war population, trapped in the Old City, according to the United Nations.
The densely populated historic center of Iraq’s third largest city once bustled with life, but now most streets are quiet, spectral.
“They are being shot at, there are artillery barrages, families are running out of supplies, medicines are scarce and water is cut off. Nothing is more important than protecting civilians — nothing.”
Narrow alleyways make it difficult for Iraqi troops to fight back ISIS in Mosul’s Old City. #isisbattle #mosul #isisbattle