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  • Water collection in Iraq

    Posted by Brian Jones

    16 October 2003 – watercollection (82k image)

    This is a typical scene in urban Iraq these days. The water system is largely in collapse and so people go out into the street and dig down until they find a water main and tap into it. The problem is that the sewage system is also in collapse so there is often raw sewage floating around the points where people collect water. It's a disaster waiting to happen.

    This boy goes with his bucket 4 times a day to get water to bring back to his family and every couple of weeks, well meaning people from some ministry or other come and fill the hole back in. The people in the neighbourhood patiently re-excavate and carry on as before.

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