Bringing back the Garden of Eden

Under Saddam Hussein the Mesopotamian Marshlands, considered the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East were drained to a tenth of their original size in order to punish the Marsh Arabs for uprising. These marshlands once stretched over 6,000 square miles and are believed to be the location of the Garden of Eden. Today the area is coming back to life. A restoration project that has been in effect since 2003 is rerouting water once diverted away and the area is seeing signs of recovery. New reeds are growing along the embankment and the area is seeing the return of wildlife and people alike.  Read more & see photos of the Mesopotamian Marshlands >

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