'Nayef Hajwal still dreams of the day when he will see tourists flowing through the ancient city of Babylon, as he did in the 1970s and '80s when he took pictures of thousands of foreign visitors.
"Tourism was flourishing in Babel. Tourists from all nationalities used to visit," said the 69-year-old retiree, who worked as a guard and photographer at Iraq's most famous tourist site. "Now tourism in Babylon is not so good."
Tourism is considered a potential gold mine for a nation widely known as the cradle of civilization but still fighting a stubborn insurgency and trying to recover from decades of war.
The sector has been badly neglected and needs huge investment to spruce up sites and build hotels and services.'