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The Marsh Arabs, Wilfred Thesiger, 1964

The Marsh Arabs, Wilfred Thesiger, 1964
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This classic book is about a culture that all but disappeared, destroyed primarily by Saddam Hussein's draining of the wetlands of southern Iraqi Marshes of Mesopotamia in the 1990s.  These are sometimes billed as the most famous marshes in the world.  Once approximately 15,000 sq km, they are now about a tenth of that size. They are now being restored in places and are a fantastic wildlife resource and home to the Ma'dan (the Marsh Arabs). 

This is an astonishing account.  Whatever you might think of the eccentric traveller and adventurer Thesiger (who died in 2003), this is really a must read for anyone interested in a water-based way of life. 

If you can't face the Thesiger prose then listen to the BBC programme on the restoration:Marsh flooding brings new life to Iraq's 'Garden of Eden'  by Richard Porter from 2 June 2013 where there are also some good photos:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22706024

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Thanks Maggie

I saw TV film about the restoration of the Iraqi Marshes. I just posted some stuff on Tidal Cultures blog about the 'Tide Lands' of Bangladesh - huge tidal mangrove forest delta. It linked on the front page here. These are amazing examples of ‘living with water’.



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