Iraq: Iraqis Resort to Martial Arts Training Amid Instability and Fear

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Baghdad- Iraq 22/11/2020

Amid rampant crimes and domestic unrest, Kawthar resorted to martial arts like many others, to get over feelings of being vulnerable, incapable of defending herself, and out of hope. Martial arts are of paramount importance; they boost self-confidence and strengthen the body muscles as they are not limited to a certain age or body weight. Moreover, in light of these grim conditions, they would help in alleviating anxiety and insecurity. The instability that prevailed in the country with the alarming rates in crimes and security breaches laid the ground for sexual harassment spread. Hence, to counteract such phenomena, women are enrolling in martial art academies.

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