In Basra: Oil in abundance, but little water to drink

Iraq’s southern city of Basra was once a thriving port city. In its heyday, it was described as the “Venice of the east” due to the numerous canals and bridges all over the city. The comparisons with Venice are long gone. Today, the situation is bleak. Basra’s canals are polluted with filth, algae and bacteria. The riverbanks are blanketed by mounds of rubbish and heaps of plastic. An air of resig...