Baghdad’s biggest amusement park
has reopened to customers
Families flocked to al-Zawraa
after months of closure
for picnics, slides,
and thrilling rides
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) YOUNG BAGHDAD RESIDENT, AHMED BASSEM, SAYING:
"Today people are going out and we brought food and ate here at al-Zawraa. Al-Zawraa is beautiful, it has been so long! We have come over from Baghdad."
Visitors must wear face masks
and go through a ‘disinfection gate’
complete with a temperature scanner
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) YOUNG BAGHDAD RESIDENT, ROTAN SAMIR, SAYING:
"Of course it is the first time we are going out, so we are wearing face masks and we have gloves for protection."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FALLUJAH RESIDENT, SALEH DAOUD, SAYING:
"Thank God life is gradually back to normal, not completely, but it is better."
The historic park was largely destroyed
But after being restored in 2016
it is once again a family favorite