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First female Afro-Iraqi TV presenter says 'time to see all Iraqi colors'

Iraqi public television has appointed an Afro-Iraqi presenter for the first time in the country's history.
Randa Abd al-Aziz.

BASRA, Iraq — The Afro-Iraqi population is estimated to be 1.5 to 2 million (out of around 40 million Iraqis) and exists in many Iraqi cities — with the majority living in the port city of Basra, the second-largest city in Iraq after Baghdad. They also live in some of Baghdad’s neighborhoods such as the Sadr City district.

In fact, Iraqis of African descent are a big community and are barely visible in the public space or in Iraqi media. They struggle for rights, job opportunities and representation in the government.

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