Almost 20 years after the United States invasion and the ensuing war that destroyed much of Iraq’s infrastructure and paved the way for further conflict, corruption and terrorism, the country’s precarious electrical network has become a symbol of perpetual crisis.

Access to an electric grid supply for on average less than 15 hours a day has become part of daily life for many Iraqis despite the country producing 4.5 million barrels of oil daily.EFE-EPA