Basra, October 31, 2002

On the streets of Jumurriyah neighborhood in Basra, Iraq, raw sewage collects in open air. Social services in Jumurriyah are severely impaired by U.N. sanctions led. Spare parts for electricity and sanitation services as well as service contracts for the installation of essential equipment are have been placed on hold by United States representatives on the sanctions committee. Though sanitation services are slowly improving, there is fear that a new war will shut down the few remaining sewage pumps as they were shut down in the first Gulf War.

Credit: Thorne Anderson/Corbis Sygma
© Thorne Anderson

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