Water pollution continues to threaten the lives of residents of the Iraqi province of Basra. Ahmed Hilal, an environmental activist, described the situation as “an actual ecological disaster” in areas of Basra. “Many citizens have been poisoned. The disaster had an impact on agriculture and cattle as well, we have several solutions but they’re all temporary. The local Basra government doesn’t have any future solution,” he said, noting the problem has existed since 2009. He blamed the government for not reaching agreements over shared water resources with Turkey and Iran.