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  • More than 60 Million pilgrims from 40 countries and 25 cities of Iraq visit the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf each year 480 million plastic cups are disposed off each year and only 40% is picked up.
  • The rest is polluting the ancient rivers, historic sites and local neighborhoods. 
  • Farmers besides the river euphrates have started relocating because the water is too polluted now.
  • The Cemetery of Wadi-us-Salam, where prophets, saints and martyrs rest, is badly affected by the amount of plastic that is left by pilgrims.
  • Other religious and historic sites are filled with plastic trash.
  • Local neighborhoods of Najaf, Karbala, Samarah and the villages in between the cities suffer the most because of plastic waste left by pilgrims.