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In March, VICE returned to Mosul for the first time since the war against ISIS was declared over eight months ago.
While life may be returning to normal in the eastern half of the city, on the other side of the river — where the fighting was most intense — the scale of rebuilding that needs to be done is monumental. It’s estimated there are still eight million tons of conflict debris that need to be moved before reconstruction can start, equivalent to three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Seventy-five percent of that rubble is in West Mosul, and it’s mixed with so much unexploded ordnance that hazard disposal experts say this is now the most contaminated spot on the planet.
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