Toxic shadow phosphate miners in Morocco fear they pay a
Dec 16, 2015·Toxic shadow phosphate miners in Morocco fear they pay a high price. Three years ago, Maarouf, now 53, was diagnosed with throat cancer. He retired shortly after from his job as a mechanic in a fertiliser factory in the Moroccan port of Jorf Lasfar. The factory, run by the state owned mining giant OCP, converts phosphate rock into fertiliser and phosphoric acid, a common additive in soft drinks.