One man lost his uncle. Another is mourning for two sons. Farmers and herders in Iraq’s Baiji say mines left by Daesh turned their beloved orchards into killing fields.
The improvised explosive devices, planted by militants trying to fend off Iraqi troops in 2015, have also discouraged scores of families from returning to their battered farming towns around Baiji, in the north of the country.
“Daesh’s ghosts are still here. Their crimes are still there, under the earth,” said local official Abu Bashir.
His thin face contorted into a grimace as he recalled his personal loss to those “ghosts” – both his sons.
“We came back in March 2018 and found the area booby-trapped. There was nowhere we could feel safe,” he told AFP.
Source: Gulf News