100 families resume business on Kirkuk-Erbil road

100 families resume business on Kirkuk-Erbil road

Karwan Salhi - Kirkuk His items were all broken due to the fires of the confrontation last year, but Hamaamin enters his shop on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, "Now the business is booming here and I have to resume my work in the shop," he said. He closed down his shop for 10 months, like many others, due to the federal takeover of the disputed areas on 16 October 2017, which resulted in the closure of Kirkuk-Erbil road ever since, only to be opened in August 2018. It was the only source of income for his family, yet it was looted and damaged during the short confrontation on that day. he came to clear it up shortly after the feast, on 20 August.
Kirkuk, 27 August 2018, A shopkeeper opens his shop once again after 10-month closure. Photo: Karwan Salhi
Kirkuk, 27 August 2018, A shopkeeper opens his shop once again after 10-month closure. Photo: Karwan Salhi
While opening his shop, he said, "It's important that we return to our business. The opening of the road pleased me." He is part of more than a hundred shops, petrol stations, and restaurants closed down due to the closure of Kirkuk-Erbil road in October last year. Aziz Anwar used to sell fish on the road, he claims to have lost 20 thousand dollar due to the confrontation, "My job came to a standstill. I have been jobless for 10 months, now I want to restart again."
It's important that we return to our business. The opening of the road pleased me
Prde township (Altun Kopri) is an important agricultural town, linking the provinces of Erbil and Kirkuk on the Lower Zap lake. The head of the town, Abdulmutalib Najmadin claims to have recorded a boom in business activities shortly after opening the road. Both Baghdad and Erbil came to terms on opening the road, after long meetings and negotiations. Even drivers praise the decision, "The opening of the road has reduced traffic accidents," Imad Ahmed said, who is a driver working on that road. He claimed that people can move between the two cities now for 10 thousand dinars, while it was 15 thousand prior to opening the road.
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