Fairouz Cafe brings Levantine nostalgia to southern Iraq

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Mohammed Abdul Ameer’s nostalgia for better days and his roots in the Levant were what inspired him to open Basra’s first mixed-gender cafe since the rule of Saddam Hussein, and themed in honor of the Lebanese singer Fairouz. An Iraqi woman reads a book at a cafe called Fayruz Cafe after the famous female Lebanese singer Fayruz, in Basra, Iraq December 29, 2018. Picture taken December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani The southern Iraqi city, the home of Abdul Ameer’s father, has since Saddam was toppled in…

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