Warnings of asthma epidemic in Alahwaz due to massive pollution

There are fears of an imminent epidemic of asthma and other breathing problems among residents of the Ahwaz region due to rapidly deteriorating air quality, with large-scale burning of sugarcane fields following harvest adding to the already horrendous air pollution caused by dust storms and the burn-off from oilfields, as well as acid rain resulting from the toxic combination of all the above. 

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Zeinab: a little Ahwazi girl who dreamt of school and a pushchair

Zeinab was seven years old when she died in June of this year. The little girl, from the town of Howeyzeh in Al-Ahwaz, died of complications arising from hydrocephalus (water on the brain) because her desperately poor parents couldn’t afford the medical treatment that could have saved her life.  Although doctors knew of her condition, with her father unable to afford even to register her birth, her tragically young death was the first time that they had ever taken any interest in her.

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