"The Sleeping City"... the story of 10,000 workers whose livelihoods are under piles of scrap in eastern Iraq[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] |Today[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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At a distance (20 km southwest of Baqubah), a long chain of laboratories, factories, and workshops loom from afar, which together form the largest industrial city in eastern Iraq. It was founded 60 years ago and was a source of livelihood for approximately 10,000 workers, producing about 80 products and goods for the markets for decades, but now it is... It's like a "sleeping city", after the machines turned into just scrap iron. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
The director of the Bani Saad district, Najm Al-Harbi, confirmed to “Baghdad Today” that “the industrial city on the outskirts of Bani Saad, which includes about 400 factories, factories and workshops, most of which belong to the private sector and is 98% out of work, meaning that it is more like a sleeping city after it was for decades a source of income.” A livelihood for approximately 10,000 workers.”
He explains that "negligence in supporting national production and flooding the markets with imported goods are direct reasons for the cessation of a city that is the largest of its kind in eastern Iraq and was established 60 years ago or more."
He points out that, "For the past 20 years, we have been appealing without any measures to save the industrial city, which remained just ruins and iron structures." [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
For his part, Abdul Rahman Ali, owner of a factory in Khan Bani Saad (the historical and well-known name of Bani Saad district), says, “The machines have unfortunately turned into scrap iron, and reviving them again is a kind of fantasy because it requires huge amounts of money, and the quality of production has diminished in light of the... Goods and market variables.
Ali explains in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the problem does not depend on the flooding of markets with imported goods and negligence in support, but rather on the availability of electrical energy,” pointing out that “all attempts to restart factories and workshops have failed because the size of the costs is multiple times the revenues.” [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Meanwhile, Imran Al-Saadi (a worker) narrates how he spent 22 years in a textile factory, noting that “the moments when its gate was closed were very harsh after more than 400 workers lost their source of livelihood at once.”
Al-Saadi points out in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the issue of closing factories is a policy of countries that want the industry in Iraq to die and its markets to remain hostage to its production,” pointing out that “the factories, workshops and factories of Al-Khan were a source of livelihood for 9-10 thousand workers and perhaps more and provided Goods and products that may reach 100 products for the markets, that is, we used to live in a vibrant city, but now it is asleep, and I fear that this will remain the case indefinitely.”
Source: Baghdad Today