People in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday celebrated their first Eid since being freed of ISIL control, although concerns for thousands of civilians trapped in a small area still held by the group cast a pall over the festivities.
Children gathered in squares on the eastern side of the city. Some played on old swings and others with toy guns and rifles, which were among the toys allowed by ISIL militants after they took over the city in June 2014.
The militants implemented an extreme version of Islam which associated toys with a face, such as dolls, with idolatry. They encouraged youngsters to train on weapons and changed textbooks to reflect their military ideology. Children were asked to add up bombs or bullets in maths exercises.