Widower Amina Qader gazed sadly as her 70 ducks and chickens, once her main source of income, were hauled away Tuesday in plastic bags destined to be buried alive in a nearby muddy grave.
Her birds are among more than 500,000 culled in the past two days across northern Iraq as this war-ravaged country battled to control the deadly &to=http://english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/399/16228_birdflu.html' target=_blank>bird flu virus. The mass bird slaughter followed Monday's announcement that a 15-year-old girl who died Jan. 17 had the deadly H5N1 strain.
"I am so scared of bird flu so I gave all my birds away to be killed, even though none were ill," she says. "We've relied on them for years for our livelihood. What are we to do now?"