A few weeks ago, a small, dusty restaurant opened in the small town of Tarsas, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) east of Baghdad.
The owner was in his late 20s, and his son was working in the restaurant as a cook.
He had left his job to care for his mother, and had no money to buy anything else.
When his mother died in January this year, he had no job, no savings, no income and no way to pay the bills.
“She had just passed away,” he told Al Jazeera.
“It was the last straw.
I have to go back to school.”
So he began selling food and ended up paying about $100 a month for the last six months of his life.
He has been selling his family’s produce for two months, and it’s a bit difficult to get in touch with him, but his family is supportive.
“My family has a problem,” he said.
“There is no money, no job.
I can’t pay my rent, I have no money.”
The owners of the Tarsa restaurant, Mahmoud, left, and Hassan, his son, are trying to get by.
He says he needs to work, but is not sure how.
Al Jazeera’s Ammar Khatib reports from Baghdad.