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Burning trash and factories belching smoke choke Iraqis

Tarek Fahmy writes for Reuters:

As if life was not bad enough for Adnan Kadhim - he lives in a slum where municipal authorities dump Baghdad’s rubbish - now someone is setting the waste on fire, making his children sick.

As the United Nations marks World Environment Day on Wednesday, Iraq is suffering a pollution crisis, with trash piling up across the country and thick clouds of smoke produced by inefficient factories hovering above Baghdad.

“The dirt, our children are sick, our families are sick. My daughter has asthma, and I had to take my family to the hospital last night. We had to go at 2 am to give her oxygen. What have we done wrong to deserve this?” asks the 48-year-old, with mountains of rubbish behind him.

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