Wachten op dure diesel in Bagdad

Een Irakees wacht op dieselolie in de hoofdstad Bagdad. De prijs van diesel in Irak is sinds de invasie door Amerikaanse en Britse troepen, die gisteren drie jaar geleden begon, verzestienvoudigd. Begin 2003 betaalden de Irakezen nog 500 dinar (0,27 euro) voor 20 liter diesel, nu 8.000 dinar (4,30 euro). Door aanvallen van rebellen op olie-installaties derfde Irak vorig jaar 5 miljard euro aan inkomsten. Foto AFP An Iraqi man sits on plastic gallons as he waits near a warehouse to buy diesel in Baghdad, 19 March 2006. Three years after the US-led war against Iraq which started 20 March 2003 prices of diesel rocketed in this oil-rich country forcing hundreds of Iraqis to spend hours waiting in long lines to change their cylinders. Before the war started the price of 20 litters of diesel were for 500 Iraqi dinars (0.33 cents) and its price now is 8,000 ($5.3). Iraq has lost over six billion dollars last year from its key economic lifeline of oil revenue due to sustained rebel attacks, despite the world witnessing a surge in crude prices. Iraq's oil ministry said rebels inflicted a total of 186 attacks in the whole of 2005 on various oil installations, making a huge economic dent at a time when the country's security fiber was simultaneously torn threadbare. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB AFP