Iraq’s Basra under pressure from rural exodus due to desertification

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Repeated droughts that Iraq has experienced over the past three years accentuate the rural exodus that is ongoing throughout the country. As they can no longer work their land due to rapid desertification, farmers are moving to the cities. In oil-rich Basra, the country’s economic powerhouse, these farmers end up in slums, often without basic services. Basra is officially home to two million people, but more than 350,000 people now live in informal settlements, putting the city under pressure. Our correspondents report.

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