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Iraqis cope with life without lights

Younes Abbas Shamari is a carpenter with an open-air shop on Baghdad’s Zawiya Street, which means he depends on electricity for most of what he does: sawing, drilling, sanding. These days, however, he rarely works, as the electricity is off more than it’s on. His workshop sits on a commercial strip in a relatively calm area in the central part of the city. Many small businesses here are in need of electricity to function, but Mr. Shamari estimates he gets just two hours of electricity for every four there is none. Full Story

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