Sadr City a sprawling slum in eastern Baghdad. How much will life in these awful conditions influence today’s election and the country’s young democracy? Such areas full of unemployed young men can be breeding grounds for recruitment by insurgents or criminal groups. Mention of the election here means one thing.
“The sewage overflows and the streets are covered with water when it rains. You can see on the street nobody can walk and go to the market because of the rainwater. All the streets are flooded with sewage and rainwater. You can see the garbage everywhere in the street. Which election are you talking about? We should elect a government to send an official to visit the area to inspect what the city needs,” explained one resident of Sadr City.
An ugly web of wires criss-crossing the slum provides sporadic electricty. The power in the new Parliament to change these living conditions is what the residents are hoping for.