Deadly Legacy of the ISIS Continues To Shape the Lives of Iraq, People Feel Scared

The shadow of extremism is still lingering in the form of unexploded landmines in the former Islamic State of Fallujah. The Shuhada School sits on what was one of the most violent frontlines of Iraq in the former ISIS, Fallujah. It is known that children have to walk a long way along the dusty roads and the edges of the roads are lined with some bricks that are painted in red and they have signs of skull and cross-bones which are warnings of the risk beyond the makeshift border that is the landmines laid by the extremist group of ISIS.

More than hundreds of homemade devices have been buried in the fields inside the war-damaged houses and under roads that form a compact belt for 15 km or more along the roadside. For the people residing in the southern neighborhood of Shuhuda, their daily life has become shaped by the surrounding minefields. They always try to dictate where the people of that region can live, farm, walk and even allow their children to play as well. One of the first cities of Iraq clawed back from the Islamic State rule which is self-proclaimed, Fallujah is left with the lingering and deadly legacy of the conflict.
Some of the routes that are used by the people of Fallujah have been marked as safe by the Halo Trust which is a demining charity of Britain. The danger that have been posed by the unclear areas are the regions from which the pupils on a weekly basis. It can be also known from some of the important sources that the nature of risk is not always constant and it varies depending upon the situation and Fallujah is also a symbol of a far wider problem too.

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