Syria's Oil Industry Uses Lots of Child Labor
Deir ez-Zor, Syria’s sixth-largest city, is also the country’s oil capital. It's polluted, dangerous, and dependent on child workers.
The What Da Fug You Lookin’ At Issue
Black-Gold Blues - The Hazards and Horrors of the Makeshift Oil Industry in Rebel-Held Syria
For four decades, the al-Assad regime (first run by Hafez, and now by his son Bashar) struck deals with Western oil companies like Shell and Total that resulted in the extraction of as much as 27,000 barrels of black gold from the sand every day.