Gilgamesh Nabeel is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul.
Between 2013 and 2017, falling oil prices, the rampaging Islamic State and other internecine conflicts shrunk Iraq’s GDP from $235 billion to $197 billion. In the same period, early marriage for young women and girls skyrocketed.
The median age in Iraq is 19. Young people there have grown up knowing mainly conflict and limited economic opportunities. Now they are getting a chance to change their wounded country.