Al-Qurna, October 31, 2002

Marsh Arabs attend a meeting at the prosperous Al-Qurna wheat farm. In a move widely opposed by environmentalists, Iraq has drained massive sections of Iraq's southern marshes in order to facilitate oil drilling and wheat farming forever altering the ways of life of one of the Marsh Arabs, on of the oldest cultural groups in the world. While some locals have prospered large numbers have been are struggling in relocated homes.

Credit: Thorne Anderson/Corbis Sygma
© Thorne Anderson

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