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Street artists are giving Baghdad’s al Kadhimiya a makeover
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Video. WATCH: Street artists give neglected Baghdad district a makeover

Baghdad's al Kadhimiya neighbourhood is hoping to become the next street art destination for tourists.

Baghdad's al Kadhimiya neighbourhood is hoping to become the next street art destination for tourists.

The streets of this neglected district have been recently transformed by a group of artists who are decorating the buildings with colourful murals.

The creators are a group of volunteers called the Butterfly Effect.  Artist Ali Khalifa says he wants to transform the district into a tourist destination. 

“Unfortunately, these areas were originally neglected areas, but after this (transformation) it became a destination for tourists from inside and outside Iraq," he said. 

"Our message is to make Baghdad a tourist landmark for such kind of art, street art, which as you can see, has been accepted by local people and they like it because it is a new art. We are continuing these awareness paintings along with folkloric and aesthetic paintings.”

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