Mosul after ISIL: Rebuilding the city's soul

After the fall of ISIL in Iraq's Mosul, poetry can be read and music played in public again.

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    Before ISIL took control of Mosul in 2014, the Iraqi city was famed for its cultural heritage - its poets, musicians and artists.

    Now, despite the destruction, they have begun to return.

    A cafe in the city has become a centre for cultural life since ISIL's defeat late last year.

    Artists feel the reconstruction of the city starts "with rebuilding souls before houses".

     

    Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.


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