Demanding payment for lost land and jobs in the oil field, Basrawis take to the streets to decry the West Qurna 1 project and its embattled developer, ExxonMobil.

Basra farmers protest Exxon encroachment

Basra farmers protest Exxon encroachment
Tribes in the West Qurna area of Basra rally at the oil field operated by ExxonMobil to demand farmland compensation and jobs. Feb. 11, 2013. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

On a farm above the super-giant West Qurna 1 oil field, Nadhim Abdul Sheikh's family has tilled the Basra soil for 200 years – but now he and his relatives find themselves without land or livelihood."They took the title to our property without our knowledge," said Abdul Sheikh. "This is considered a crime."On Monday, Abdul Sheikh, of the Bahla tribe, was one of about 700 Basrawis who took to the streets in protest of problems associated with West Qurna 1, which is being developed by Ex...

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