The Wider Image: Middle East's Fertile Crescent dries up as rains fail
Ali Elwan, 56, Farhan Al-Salal, 55, Mayor of Al Bu Hussain village, and Khudair Abbas Elwan ,15, (L to R) discuss the problem of providing water to the village as they sit inside the guest hall of Abbas Elwan's home in the village of Al-Bu Hussain which sits on the bank of a former canal which has dried up, in Diwaniya, Iraq October 14, 2022. Ali's brother and Khudair's father, Abbas Elwan, committed suicide in August after attempts to find water for his parched farmlands failed. Abbas received a monthly?unemployment allowance, but with dwindling crops and rising food prices he went into debt. In desperation, he tried digging wells to grow vegetables. Each well cost the equivalent of his monthly allowance. Each time water would emerge for a few days, and then dry up. "That was his last hope, and there was no water," Ali told Reuters. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "CLIMATE MIDEAST WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.