In this Sept. 8, 2012 photo, Shiite Hussein Abdul Ali, 16, prays next to his soft drink cart in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad. He earns about U.S. $4 per day. Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion, the county is mired in widespread instability and political corruption. Nevertheless, interviews and discussions across the country with more than a dozen Iraqi teenagers and young adults reveal a resiliency and refusal to abandon hope.
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