Polluted electricity: poisonous emissions claim lives and damage crops

The farmers abhor the land and its crops, citizens only inhale exhausts. Death is closer to everyone than a tomorrow whose secrets no one knows. Either the deadly silence or useless complaints and in both cases the outcome is the same: there is no alternative!

Citizens living near the North Giza power station, as well as their neighbours in the Assiut governorate, suffer from chest diseases, which are common among the residents of Upper Egypt governorate, as a result of pollution from the “Al-Walidiya” power station. In terms of crops, the residents of both regions are undoubtedly losing it!

The figures are frightening, and the complaints go unanswered. The rate of carbon dioxide emissions from power stations in Egypt is increasing dramatically, posing a serious threat to Egyptians, particularly farmers, who are given a choice by power stations and their problems between two things: complete darkness or crop loss, and in both cases, their health deteriorates and may be lost, and they die without guilt or wrongdoing!

This investigation documents the concerns of farmers in the village of Abu Ghaleb, which is adjacent to the North Giza compound plant. In addition, the health crises of citizens living near the Walidiya station in Assiut, which is Egypt’s last diesel-powered station and is presently being converted to natural gas. Read the full stories below.

  • Investigation: Eman Mounir and Saber Elaraby
  • Photography: Mohamed Essam
  • Videography: Abdelrahman Mohamed
  • Design: Ahmed Becka

This story was originally published on Zat Masr. Eman Mounir is a Climate Tracker alum fellow, she reported on COP26 in 2021. This publication was made possible through the Candid Journalism Grant 2021, supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Eman Mounir
Eman is an independent investigative journalist from Egypt. Keenly interested in scientific, environmental, and feminist stories, she’s received an award in New Media from the University of Bournemouth in the UK, and other award in scientific journalism from the German Goethe Institute. She’s currently nominated for the True Story Prize in Switzerland, and previously nominated for Thomson Foundation’s Young Journalist Award. Eman studied Data Journalism with a 6-month diploma by ICFJ and ARIJ Network for Investigative Journalism. Currently, she is a fellow to ONE WORLD MEDIA foundation in United Kingdom.