Monday, March 30, 2009

Baghdad Sinks by the Waste

By: Omar A. Jassim

If you go to Baghdad, do not surprise to see the city is flooded by household waste, various food cans, second hand clothes, plastic, glasses, minerals, food debris and waste paper. It is a real crisis facing by the Baghdad citizens because it affects human health, the most.

No doubt human activities are the main cause of this phenomenon. This habit leads to the spread of more diseases, which eventually affect humans. In Baghdad, the kind of diseases rampantly found are like spread of bacteria, fungi, many types of insects, and vectors of disease such as typhus, malaria, cancer, abortion, infertility and genetic damage to dyes.

The impact of this phenomenon is very dangerous at all stages. Not only the people of Baghdad are experiencing unpleasant odors wherever they go, but often times they are visited by unwelcomed visitors such as rats and cockroaches. The waste has also contaminated the air which comes from landfill sites and decomposition process.

In spite of all these, most of the areas in Baghdad are not in operations for collection of the waste. The people just burn their waste within their areas. This open burning activity contributes to global warming by releasing more of harmful gasses such as methane, carbon oxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrogen sulfate.

Therefore, it is very important to create awareness to people on how to treat the household wastes. Enforcement of environmental laws and regulations should be in place.

photo by: Omar A. Jassim

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