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IRAQ-CORRUPTION. A fisherman stands in a boat in the Shatt Al-Arab river

A fisherman stands in a boat in the Shatt Al-Arab river by the port of Maqil in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on March 21, 2021.. - Iraq is ranked the 21st most corrupt country by Transparency International. In January, the advocacy group said public corruption had deprived Iraqis of basic rights and services, including water, health care, electricity and jobs. It said systemic graft was eating away at Iraqis hopes for the future, pushing growing numbers to try to emigrate. In 2019, hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded Iraqi cities, first railing against poor public services, then explicitly accusing politicians of plundering resources meant for the people. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP)

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This powerful photo captures the harsh reality of corruption in Iraq, as a lone fisherman stands in his boat on the Shatt Al-Arab river by the port of Maqil in Basra. Taken on March 21, 2021, this image serves as a stark reminder of the country's struggle against systemic graft. Transparency International ranks Iraq as the 21st most corrupt nation globally, and this photograph exemplifies why. The advocacy group has highlighted how public corruption has deprived Iraqi citizens of their basic rights and services such as water, healthcare, electricity, and employment opportunities. As a result, many Iraqis have been forced to consider emigration due to dwindling hopes for a better future. The image also alludes to the widespread discontent that erupted in 2019 when hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded Iraqi cities. Initially demanding improved public services, these demonstrations soon turned into explicit accusations against politicians who were accused of plundering resources meant for the people. Through this photograph captured by Hussein Faleh from Agence France-Presse (AFP), we are confronted with both the immediate consequences and long-term implications of corruption in Iraq. It is a call to action for authorities and society alike to address this pressing issue so that every citizen can enjoy equal access to essential services and opportunities for growth.

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