West Mosul Ice Cream Shop / by Maranie Staab

west mosul, like much of iraq, is complex and a land full of sharp contrasts and juxtapositions. this ice cream stand is open for business in the recently liberated neighborhood of al mansour -- as children indulge in the sweet treat the frontline looms less than 1km away; within the isis controlled "old city" of of mosul children are starving to death and being used as human shields. though iraqi and collation forces continue to make progress each day those remaining in daesh held territory are in increasingly desperate situations