A journey on the water from Mosul to Basra
Iraq, the country of rivers, is losing its water resources. Climate change, drought, upstream dams in Turkey and Iran, pollution and mismanagement threaten the Tigris, the Euphrates and the Mesopotamian marshes, one of the largest wetlands in the world. The water crisis is complex, with with multiple causes and the potential for future conflicts. A group of young Iraqi activists are trying to raise public awareness of the issue.
This journey “on the water” begins in Mosul, a city located on the western bank of the Tigris river and ends in Basra, the city situated on the Shaṭṭ Al-ʿArab, the waterway formed by the union of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It goes through Sulaymaniyah, Baghdad, and the Mesopotamian marshes, one of the world’s great wetlands, it’s an area deeply affected by drought and pollution.