In pictures: Iraqi photos celebrate daily life away from war

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image captionDisplaced Iraqi children on the way back to their home village

An Iraqi photographer is offering the world an alternative view of his troubled country with a community project documenting the daily lives of ordinary people.

Shots of traditional cuisine, a dressmaker in an Irbil refugee camp and young men fishing on the Euphrates River are all images taken on mobiles phones by people around the country and contributed to his project Everyday Iraq.

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image captionIraqi woman in her dressmaking shop in a refugee camp in Irbil

Ahmad Mousa, 25, says: "Many people around the world who don't know much about Iraq hear the name and they think of it as a war zone because of what they see and read in the news."

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image captionChildren sitting on the pavement in an old neighbourhood in Baghdad

He says on his Facebook page that he wanted to expose people to a more human side of his country. "I wanted to share the everyday life scenes with everyone, document it and put it there in history."

He asks contributors to take pictures on their mobile phones and to post them to a public Instagram account.

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image captionYoung men fishing on the Euphrates river

Iraq became a battleground for competing forces after the US-led invasion ousted President Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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image captionA boy takes a selfie near heart-shaped light arches in Baghdad during the Eid
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image captionPhoto by Everyday Iraq founder Ahmad Mousa
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image captionA man gives a flower to a soldier near Tahrir Square, Baghdad
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image captionA woman prepares Iraqi dish Dolma, at her home in Baghdad
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image captionA group of cyclists in Dohuk
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image captionGirls in Baghdad
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image captionAn Iraqi young man sells pickles in his cart in Shorja market in Baghdad
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image captionTea vendor at the park in Sulaymaniyah
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image captionIraqis release candle balloons in the air celebrating Nowruz

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