Qayyarah Oil DisasterDownload
Licensed to London News Pictures. 02/11/2016. Qayyarah, Iraq. Children run amongst vandalised gravestones, smashed by Islamic State militants, in the Qayyarah Cemetery in the town of Qayyarah, Iraq. The headstones were vandalised by the extremists, who believe that a grave should be flat to the earth and without markings, during the towns two year ISIS occupation.
Two months after being liberated from the Islamic State, the Iraqi town of Qayyarah, located around 30km south of Mosul, is still dealing with the environmental repercussions of their ISIS occupation. The town's estimated 15,000 inhabitants constantly live under, and in, heavy clouds of smoke which often envelope the settlement. The clouds emanate from burning oil wells in a nearby oil field that were set alight by retreating ISIS extremists after a two year occupation. The proximity of the fires, often right next to homes within the town, covers many buildings and residents with thick soot and will lead to long term health and environmental implications. Photo credit: Matt Cetti-Roberts/LNP
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