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Skip to comments.Bush to Blame for Another Failing Business in Iraq
Posted on 10/16/2007 7:01:46 PM PDT by camerakid400
The situation in Iraq is getting worse and worse.
For the undertakers: As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch.
NAJAF, Iraq At whats believed to be the worlds largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isnt good.
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and thats cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
Few people have a better sense of the death rate in Iraq .
I always think of the increasing and decreasing of the dead, said Sameer Shaaban, 23, one of more than 100 workers who specialize in ceremonially washing the corpses. People want more and more money, and I am one of them, but most of the workers in this field dont talk frankly, because they wish for more coffins, to earn more and more.
Dhurgham Majed al Malik, 48, whose family has arranged burial services for generations, said that this spring, private cars and taxis with caskets lashed to their roofs arrived at a rate of 6,500 a month. Now its 4,000 or less, he said.
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