Iraq's Rumaila Oil Field: Source of Revenue But Threat to Locals and Environment

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Iraq's Rumaila Oil Field: Source of Revenue But Threat to Locals and Environment

Hussein Jalloud was still clad in black, mourning his deceased son. His hands were trembling as he showed pictures of the toxic gases emanating from the Rumaila oil field in Iraq spreading overhead of the adjacent houses.

While highlighting the scenes of smoke associated with oil production in Basra, Jalloud holds up a picture of his son and says in front of a number of participants in the Climate Change Summit (COP28) held in Dubai, UAE, “This oil and the gases deprived me of my son.”

Ali Hussein Jalloud died a few months ago at the age of 21 due to leukemia. Hussein's house, where he lives with his wife and one of his children, is only 2,500 meters away from the Rumaila oil field.

“The main reason that Ali and many others in our region are afflicted with cancer is the burned gas emitted from the Rumaila field which causes air pollution,” Jalloud quoted the doctors who were treating his son.

This is a summary. Read the full article on KirkukNow.

This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published by KirkukNow on December 13, 2023.

Banner image: Hussein Jalloud shows attendees a picture of his son, Ali, during a documentary screening event about the death of his son by cancer at COP28 / Credit: Ahang Habib.

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