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Baghdad at play: normal life returns to Iraq's capital – in pictures

Guardian photographer Sean Smith captures Iraqis at leisure, from students taking selfies in the park to families on fairground rides

  • Men feed the birds from Ahrar Bridge before going to work.

    Baghdad at play: normal life returns to Iraq's capital – in pictures
  • University students take selfies on a Thursday afternoon.

  • At the weekend, families head to Zawra park.

  • Muhammed Samir is part of a troupe who put on a weekly show for children at Zawra park.

  • Wearing stilts, Samir gets ready to entertain the kids.

  • A girl eats candy-floss in the park.

  • The park is often crowded with families at weekends.

  • A dancer gets ready to go on stage.

  • Zawra is home to gardens, a zoo and an amusement park.

  • A child has her face painted.

  • Families try out the rides.

  • A family have lunch in Dream City, a new development in the south of Baghdad.

  • Boys train at Shaab swimming pool.

  • Many of them hope to join the national team.

  • Boys at the training session.

  • A peanut seller at night.

  • Men drink together outside a tea shop.

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