Mr. Saad has fenced the area in using thrown away household appliances that have become infested with rats.
“Iraq’s poorest people live on trash heaps, sleep amongst the rats and drink polluted water. In the country with the world’s third largest oil reserves, a million people live in misery, despite the fact that the US has spent $53 billion on the country’s reconstruction efforts.
The rats come at night, when the Saads are sleeping. They force their way through the spaces between the thrown-away household appliances that Saad Kadi Saad has piled up to form a wall around his part of the rubbish dump. They scamper around the shredded double mattress where the five-member family is crowded, and make their way to the outhouse that the family uses to relieve itself, which is just a few steps away from their outdoor bed”.
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