Monday, June 11, 2007

Iraq’s 7-Elevens

A little girl stands outside a roadside store with money in her hand getting ready to buy something.

Tiny, roadside stores are opening up all over the city. People carve out a little spot on the side of the street, throw up tarp, and sell imported goods from Turkey, Jordan, etc… You can generally buy drinks, fruit, vegetables, bread, soap, chips, cookies; whatever they can get their hands on. I guess these tarp-stores are Baghdad’s answer to convenience stores in the States. They are micro- or cottage- industries, however, that are a leading indicator of the recovering economy and an improved security situation. Something not to be taken lightly.

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