Schools And Markets Open For Business
Basra Iraq is the third largest city in the nation and it has been celebrating the success and prosperity that has come with economic and political growth. A central marketplace has been established, and the area is brimming with signs of prosperity, peace and security. With the local marketplace opening local schools were closed to help celebrate all the new positive changes that are happening in the city.
The new marketplace rose from the former ashes of the Jameat police station, which was destroyed December 25th, 2006. The rebuilding and construction of the Jameat Marketplace has been paid for by coalition reconstruction funds along with supplies and support from the provincial council. The market was constructed with local Iraqi labor and the cost of the entire complex has been around $1 million dollars.
A citizen group effort called the Operation Charge of the Knights was credited for much of the effort and impetus in reopening the marketplace. The market itself is expected to be opening soon, within a month, and it is exciting because marketplaces tend to be focus points traditionally in Iraqi culture, and there are already other ideas for markets elsewhere in Basra.
The US Army Engineer Corps just finished a technical vocational center in the Zubair district of Basra. The project rebuilds and restored two facilities including over 20 workshops to train and learn vocational skills.