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In Iraq's famed marshlands, climate change is upending a way of life

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

This once-fertile land of reed thickets and deep waterways was part of ancient Mesopotamia, often referred to as the cradle of human civilization. For thousands of years, people have lived off the fish and water buffalo of these fertile marshes.

This year, extreme heatwaves and low rainfall are turning parts of these fragile wetlands into a place so hostile that the communities who've lived here for generations are finding it impossible to remain.

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Photos courtesy of
Mootaz Sami
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