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20 Settembre 2020

Iraq

MUD BRICK MAKING IN KURDISTAN

During the dry months from June to October every year, the ancient tradition of making mud bricks returns to the plains of the Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil. The industry has dwindled over the past 30 years, however, "because people rely more on concrete blocks to build households and other kinds of buildings", Ismael Hassan, who has been working as a mud brick maker for nearly six decades, told Rudaw.Mud bricks are made by mixing soil with water, placing the mixture into moulds and drying the bricks in the open air. To make it strong enough and sustainable, Hassan says they add straw to help reduce cracking."This business has been my profession for the past 58 years," said Hassan, 68, adding that they make 1,000 bricks a day during mud brick-making season.Hassan's simple mudbrick factory is located in the village of Mastawa, in the outlying sub district of Qoritan, western Erbil city. He works every day from 5am until 1pm.The bulk of the general brick factories were located in Erbil’s Kuran and Kurani Ainkawa neighborhoods, noted Hassan. Kuran means kilns in English.He says their business has become "very unprofitable.""The bulk of my customers are mountainous villagers, because mud bricks are stronger than concrete blocks. In the winter they provide warmth and in the summer coolness. It is very sustainable," he said. (ICE AMMAN)


Fonte notizia: Business Iraq