Iraqi village makes profit off leftover arms, shown in Al Arabiya film

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Al Arabiya will air a documentary titled “Jirf al-Milih” on Thursday, showcasing a southern Iraqi village that has turned the reality of war into a profession.

People in the village, who have lived in a war-zone area for years, started selling weapon parts left over from battles in the area. Corpses were also being sold to make money.

Located in the oil-rich province of Basra, Jirf Al-Milih is plagued with mines and scraps of radioactive arms from wars dating back to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s up to the U.S. invasion in 2003.

After the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, the village thought an end to this type of trade was near and hoped for an era of positive change.

However, this later turned into series of disappointments.

The Iraqi government that was elected after the toppling of Saddam has removed mines and hazardous materials from parts of the village where oil is located, but not from areas that are inhabited.

The government’s neglect to remove mines in populous areas has now left civilians vulnerable to injury and even death.

The area is now referred to as “the village of handicaps” as more civilians are debilitated due to mine explosions and other dangerous weaponry leftover from battles.

The documentary will be shown on Thursday, June 6 at 17 GMT.

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