The poisoned clouds that are suffocating the people of Iraq

20th Apr, 2021

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Across Iraq, 17 billion cubic metres of gas are burnt a year (Reuters/Alamy)

On the bad days, when the chimneys roar so intensely that the windows shake, families say thick soot appears in the air, killing plants and dusting everything a volcanic grey. For the inhabitants of Nahran Omar, a town in southern Iraq perched next to several oil wells, the flames rising from the towers, belching toxic chemicals into the air, are their daily reality.

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