>> Where do you even begin when faced with this? This is west Mosul. These once bustling streets turned war zone have now fallen silent. Some residents have suggested just bulldozing the lot and starting over. One month since the Iraqi government declared victory here, only the brave have returned.
This tea shop has just reopened. Earlier this week, an Islamic State fighter popped out from an underground tunnel nearby and started firing. Similar stories have been reported by aid workers and residents of west Mosul in the past few days.>> We want life to return here. Not for us, the elderly, but for these children, the new generation.
What fault have they committed? No schools, no education, no healthcare, nothing. Here, there is nothing.>> Some residents say life must go on. This factory is already back in business, where they're making water and gas tanks. This week, the owner's nephew says a militant emerged from under a house and tried to injure some civilians.
This part of the city is still a military zone. The search for ongoing suspects, mines, and explosive devices continues. Bodies of fighters still lie around the old city. Even in death, the militants haunt Mosul's residents.