Meet the Baghdad man who turned his van into a mobile bookshop

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By Euronews
Meet the Baghdad man who turned his van into a mobile bookshop

<p>Ali al-Moussawi is a bookworm from Baghdad in Iraq who has turned his love of reading into a career.</p> <p>The young entrepreneur decided to transform his van into a book shop and after nine months of hard work, his new business was ready to hit the road.</p> <p>He adapts the selection of literature on offer in different areas of the city, which remains divided.</p> <p>According to Ali, Sunni and Shiite Muslims tend to buy their own religious texts, and in Sunni areas biographies of Saddam Hussein remain popular.</p> <p>He hopes that his venture will promote the importance of reading: “When a young man like me converts his car into a mobile library this deed will draw attention to and promote reading,” he explained.</p> <p>Far from a simple hobby, the business brings in a monthly income of up to 4,000 US dollars and Ali currently employs four paid workers.</p>