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Draining Life of Civilization into Dessert

Our marshes, our heritage, is gone

  • 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • 06 Clean Water and Sanitation

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We are descendants of the Sumerians, who have lived in the Mesopotamian wetlands for 5,000 years. But our village just died. We were pushed off our land and into the slums of a nearby city.

That day began much like any other for the our family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. But then, Saddam Hussein soon dispatched his engineers to divert the Tigris and Euphrates rivers away from the marshes. The effects were disastrous. No sooner had they paddled past the last of their neighbours’ floating reed houses than a squadron of government fighter jets emerged from the mist, guns blazing.