Citizens Remove Concertina Wire And Garbage From Jihad Streets
The citizens of Iraq are now taking an active part in their community, and in a recent effort they took to the streets of the village of Jihad to help with clean up efforts. Members of the Iraqi Security Forces, Soldiers from the Coalition and members of the Sons of Iraq were joined by willing members of the community in picking up debris, garbage and other trash.
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry division, 1st BCT, 22nd infantry regiment, 1st Battalion MNF, worked to patrol and clean the street of Jihad on a recent September evening, and were surprised to encounter members of the local community who began to help.
Without any request, and on their own, members of the local community suddenly appeared, and started to pick up garbage, trash, concertina wire and other debris. It became an ad hoc sudden community effort, with literally hundreds of members joining in.
A local resident from the Sons of Iraq program saw that the soldiers were working to pick up the streets, and he went from house to house, cheering and getting local people to turn out.
The people were eager to help the platoon, and they dug in and started to assist. As the soldiers were working to remove wire and trash, the citizens also began to pick up garbage, and put it into sack and bags, and bring it to the trucks that the Coalition had on scene.
Even the children were assisting, and it was a very moving sight to see the coalition working well with the local community.