From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq's smelters: Workers risk their health for gold and silver
Decades of instability and corruption in Iraq have led to high unemployment.
That is forcing some people to resort to dangerous work to make a living - including panning for precious metals in wastewater.
Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from the Iraqi capital Baghdad: