For Abdul Karim, business is a little different now. It was his baclava that once brought in droves of people — but these days, a simpler samoun (traditional Iraqi bread) is his best-seller.
“People have lower incomes than before, so they’re not spending money on buying delicacies like they used to,” he says. “But hopefully this will change. I can’t complain though, I’m just happy to be back. I love my job and I want to work here until I get old.”
We ask why.
“Well, from a few raw, basic ingredients, I can make delicious things: bread, cakes, baclava. Try some and see for yourself,” he beckons.
And this time, we don’t say no.
Anah Municipality Market was rehabilitated with the support of UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), as part of the United Nations Development Programme in Iraq.
Photos: UNDP Iraq/Claire Thomas
About UNDP’s work in Iraq
At the request of the Government of Iraq, UNDP established the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) in June 2015 to facilitate the return of displaced Iraqis after the ISIL conflict, lay the groundwork for reconstruction and recovery, and safeguard against the resurgence of violence and extremism.
FFS currently has more than 3,000 projects in 31 liberated towns and districts, helping local authorities quickly rehabilitate essential infrastructure and services.