Articles by: Farah Dakhlallah

Time to invest Iraq’s wealth in its future

Recently I visited a primary school in Basra as part of a UNICEF team. As our plane landed at Basra airport by night, I could see flames shooting out of the oil wells that dot the landscape. Basra, which used to be best known for its port – Sinbad the Sailor journeyed from there – is now synonymous with oil. Basra has the largest oil reserves in Iraq, and production is increasing. Unfortunately, this wealth is not evident in the infrastructure of the city. Driving through the town, I saw poorly maintained roads and garbage piled in the streets. Many…

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by · Tuesday, 25 October 2016 · Iraq

Families adrift in northern Iraq

She is only 36, but looks about ten years older. Her name, Ghaniyah, means “wealthy woman” in Arabic. But she sleeps in the open with her husband and four children on thin mattresses opposite a construction site, separated from the sky by a poorly fixed strip of cloth that hangs overhead, blowing in the wind. After they had to run for their lives a second time, they sought refuge in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in this desert that has become a camp for displaced persons, called Debaga. The camp has swelled from 5,000 to 38,000 in less than six…

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by · Tuesday, 20 September 2016 · Iraq, Oman