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Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Reduced to a string of stagnant mustard-coloured pools, fouled in places with pesticide runoff and stinking with the rotting carcasses of cattle and fish, Australia's Darling River is running dry.
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October 23, 2019
Ngiyaampaa girl Punta Williams poses for photographs on the dry riverbed before performing at Yaama Ngunna...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Ngiyaampaa girl Punta Williams poses for photographs on the dry riverbed before performing at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the banks of the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2019. Recently, Aboriginal communities held special festivals along the river "to heal the Barka". Ochre-painted dancers performed around fires at dusk, revering the river but also seeking to draw attention to its plight. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
An injured kangaroo struggles in the muddy riverbed before being put out by concerned campers, on the...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
An injured kangaroo struggles in the muddy riverbed before being put out by concerned campers, on the Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September 27, 2019. Prolonged drought exacerbated by demands on water resources by irrigators and cities means the Darling River (Barka) is running dry. The towns of Menindee and Wilcannia avoid drinking tap water, relying instead on charity donations of 10-litre boxes of water and rain tank water for potable uses. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy SEARCH "NEARMY DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 23, 2019
Sheep and a bird drink from a pool on the riverbed of the Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Sheep and a bird drink from a pool on the riverbed of the Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September 27, 2019. Prolonged drought exacerbated by demands on water resources by irrigators and cities means the Darling River (Barka) is running dry. The towns of Menindee and Wilcannia avoid drinking tap water, relying instead on charity donations of 10-litre boxes of water and rain tank water for potable uses. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Barkindji elder Patricia Doyle uses boxed water to make a cup of tea at her home in Menindee, New South...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Barkindji elder Patricia Doyle uses boxed water to make a cup of tea at her home in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, September 29, 2019. At Menindee, 516 miles (830 km) west of Sydney, despair has turned to anger as residents blame the government for exacerbating the drought by draining the river in 2017 floodtimes to irrigate farmland. Locals now avoid using tap water for drinking and washing babies and children, saying it has caused skin irritation, and prefer boxed and bottled water instead. "That was our food source, the river, our water source. That was our livelihood," said Doyle. "When you live on a river and you have to have water brought into your town to drink and survive on, what's that saying? It's saying that our system ... isn't looked after properly." REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
A field is sprinkled with the remnants of cotton after a harvest in Trangie, Australia, September 4,...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
A field is sprinkled with the remnants of cotton after a harvest in Trangie, Australia, September 4, 2019. The parched earth of Australia's longest waterway, if tributaries are included, is in the grip of the continent's most severe drought in a century. Drought is weighing on economic growth, and the dire conditions have prompted Australia, a major wheat exporter, to import the grain for the first time in 12 years. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
The sun rises over dried up lake Pamamaroo, outside of Menindee, Australia, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
The sun rises over dried up lake Pamamaroo, outside of Menindee, Australia, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Barkindji elders David William Clark (C) who is former chair of the NSW State Land Council, Cyril Hunter...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Barkindji elders David William Clark (C) who is former chair of the NSW State Land Council, Cyril Hunter and artist Eddy Harris (L) sit in a cafe in Wilcannia, Australia, September 3, 2019. "I always think of Australia as the Aboriginal peoples own Garden of Eden, and we lived according to that law and rule," Clark said. "Governments should never have taken ownership of water. Water is the most important commodity on the face of this earth." REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
The trunk of a gum tree glows as the sun sets over what is left of the Darling River in Menindee, Australia,...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
The trunk of a gum tree glows as the sun sets over what is left of the Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September 29, 2019. Lined with river red gums, the Darling also waters some of Australia's richest grazing land. Reduced to a string of stagnant mustard-coloured pools, fouled in places with pesticide runoff and stinking with the rotting carcasses of cattle and fish, the Darling River is running dry. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
A Barkindji man, hunter and goat musterer Kyle Philip poses for a photograph with his son Kaleb Philip...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
A Barkindji man, hunter and goat musterer Kyle Philip poses for a photograph with his son Kaleb Philip at their home in Menindee, Australia, September 2, 2019. "The river country itself, it doesn't provide as much as what it used to," said Kyle. "We could taste the mud in the meat of the perch," he added. "We couldn't really eat them." REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Participants take part in a traditional smoking ceremony as Aboriginal dance groups prepare to perform...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Participants take part in a traditional smoking ceremony as Aboriginal dance groups prepare to perform at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the bank of the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2019. Recently, Aboriginal communities held special festivals along the river "to heal the Barka". Ochre-painted dancers performed around fires at dusk, revering the river but also seeking to draw attention to its plight. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Bruce Shillingsworth, the director of Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival director, plays with his...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Bruce Shillingsworth, the director of Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival director, plays with his grandson at the Burke and Wills campground near Lake Pamamaroo, in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, October 2, 2019. "We're going to start dancing and singing the land," Shillingsworth said. "Singing the rivers, singing our environment back again to make it healthy." REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Reverend Helen Ferguson from Broken Hill prepares for a church service at the Holy Trinity Menindee Anglican...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Reverend Helen Ferguson from Broken Hill prepares for a church service at the Holy Trinity Menindee Anglican Parish in Menindee, Australia, September 1, 2019. "The river should be flowing," said Ferguson. "When that river flows, the people are just abuzz and the whole town just comes to life. But that hasn't happened for some time now and my prayer is that people don't get worn down through that." REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
A dead moth floats in a festering pool in the shrinking Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
A dead moth floats in a festering pool in the shrinking Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
A bathroom sink sits near the shack of Barkindji Elder David William Clark near the Darling River in...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
A bathroom sink sits near the shack of Barkindji Elder David William Clark near the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Barkindji Elder David William Clark cooks over an open fire at his shack near the Darling River in Wilcannia,...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Barkindji Elder David William Clark cooks over an open fire at his shack near the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Donated 10 litre boxes of water are stored and distributed at the 103.1FM radio station in Wilcannia,...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Donated 10 litre boxes of water are stored and distributed at the 103.1FM radio station in Wilcannia, Australia, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Broadcaster DJ Dolly Foxxx helps distribute donated 10 litre boxes of water for the use of the Wilcannia...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Broadcaster DJ Dolly Foxxx helps distribute donated 10 litre boxes of water for the use of the Wilcannia community from the 103.1FM radio station in Wilcannia, Australia, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Charli Parsley, the cat of a Menindee resident, sits near his bowl of water which is filled from a box...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Charli Parsley, the cat of a Menindee resident, sits near his bowl of water which is filled from a box of donated water next to the bowl in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
The Barbie dolls of Barkindji elder Patricia Doyle's granddaughter wait in the bathroom to be cleaned...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
The Barbie dolls of Barkindji elder Patricia Doyle's granddaughter wait in the bathroom to be cleaned at her home in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Barkindji elders Patricia (Patsy) Quayle (R) and her daughter Patricia Doyle use bottled water at their...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Barkindji elders Patricia (Patsy) Quayle (R) and her daughter Patricia Doyle use bottled water at their campsite on the dry lakebed of Lake Pamamaroo at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival, in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Menindee resident Malachy Philip, 10, does a back flip on his trampoline in Menindee, Australia, September...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Menindee resident Malachy Philip, 10, does a back flip on his trampoline in Menindee, Australia, September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Barkindji child Kaleb Philip, rides a motorbike around the family home in Menindee, Australia, September...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Barkindji child Kaleb Philip, rides a motorbike around the family home in Menindee, Australia, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
An Aboriginal girl holds a baby at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the banks of the Darling...
WILCANNIA, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
An Aboriginal girl holds a baby at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the banks of the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Holiday resident Gregory Garden smokes a cigarette as he watches the sunset at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Holiday resident Gregory Garden smokes a cigarette as he watches the sunset at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the dry bed of Lake Pamamaroo near the Darling River in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Ngarrindjeri elder and Cultural Director of the Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group Major Sumner (Moogy Sumner)...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Ngarrindjeri elder and Cultural Director of the Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group Major Sumner (Moogy Sumner) (L) prepares to perform at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the bank of the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
An Aboriginal dance group prepare to perform at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the bank of...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
An Aboriginal dance group prepare to perform at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival on the bank of the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
The head, neck and body of the Dark Emu is outlined by the Milky Way Galaxy over the shack of Barkindji...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
The head, neck and body of the Dark Emu is outlined by the Milky Way Galaxy over the shack of Barkindji Elder David William Clark near the Darling River in Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
A golf club and ball sit on the sand of the sixth hole at the dirt course during a community golfing...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
A golf club and ball sit on the sand of the sixth hole at the dirt course during a community golfing tournament, the Sunset Strip Golf Club on the banks of Menindee Lake in Sunset Strip, Australia, August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Sunset Strip resident Kay Pickering rakes the sand on the sixth hole at the dirt course during a community...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Sunset Strip resident Kay Pickering rakes the sand on the sixth hole at the dirt course during a community golfing tournament at the Sunset Strip Golf Club on the banks of Menindee Lake in Sunset Strip, Australia, August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Mal Highet, the founder of Menindee Water Run, poses for photographs after an interview on the Darling...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Mal Highet, the founder of Menindee Water Run, poses for photographs after an interview on the Darling River in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, September 29, 2019. Highet said. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Elanor (Golly) Fay Sloane walks along the dry banks of the Menindee Creek which runs into the Darling...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Elanor (Golly) Fay Sloane walks along the dry banks of the Menindee Creek which runs into the Darling River in Menindee, Australia, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Shoes painted with traditional motifs are worn by Barkindji elder Patricia Doyle as she walks through...
MENINDEE, Australia
The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Shoes painted with traditional motifs are worn by Barkindji elder Patricia Doyle as she walks through her garden drinking a cup of tea made from boxed water at her home in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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October 23, 2019
Sunset Strip residents Peter Cox (L) and Bill Fraser relax with a drink after a community golfing tournament...
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The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Sunset Strip residents Peter Cox (L) and Bill Fraser relax with a drink after a community golfing tournament at the Sunset Strip Golf Club on the banks of Menindee Lake in Sunset Strip, Australia, August 31, 2019. Sunset Strip residents believe their house prices have fallen due to the lack of water in the lake. "It affects our daily lives, it affects the values of our houses. I'd only get about half of what I paid for my house," Cox said. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy
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