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'A blessing from God': Iraqi truffle hunters unearth desert harvest
Fetching its hunters up to $7 a kilo this year, Iraq's desert truffle is cheaper than its rarer European cousins that can cost hundreds of dollars or more a kilo.

But with Iraq's economy in crisis, the local variety are a big help to truffle hunters like 72-year-old Zahra Buheir and her family.
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March 16, 2021
Ra'ad Abdelemir, a trader, sorts truffles in a tent at a market in Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa...
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The Wider Image: 'Here it is, the truffle, a blessing from God!'
Ra'ad Abdelemir, a trader, sorts truffles in a tent at a market in Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 16, 2021
Zahra Buheir, 72, a truffle hunter, smokes a cigarette in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021....
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Zahra Buheir, 72, a truffle hunter, smokes a cigarette in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. "Here it is, the truffle, a blessing from God!" said Buheir. "Rain came, and then thunder, bringing truffles up to the surface." REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
Truffles are displayed for a photo in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani...
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March 16, 2021
Zahra Buheir, 72, a truffle hunter, makes bread in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, March 1, 2021. "Here it...
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Zahra Buheir, 72, a truffle hunter, makes bread in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, March 1, 2021. "Here it is, the truffle, a blessing from God!" said Buheir. "Rain came, and then thunder, bringing truffles up to the surface." REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
Mohsen Farhan, 31, a truffle hunter, eats food with his family in a tent in the desert in Samawa, Iraq,...
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Mohsen Farhan, 31, a truffle hunter, eats food with his family in a tent in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. "When there is no work, truffles are a source of income. And we are happy here," said Farhan. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
Hussein Abu Ali (right), a car driver, carries boxes of truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq February...
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Hussein Abu Ali (right), a car driver, carries boxes of truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
Abu Jakka Farhan, a truffle hunter, is pushed in a wheelchair as he searches for truffles in the desert...
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Abu Jakka Farhan, a truffle hunter, is pushed in a wheelchair as he searches for truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 16, 2021
People eat truffles at the restaurant Beit al-Hatab, in Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa...
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People eat truffles at the restaurant Beit al-Hatab, in Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
Women search for truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani ...
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Women search for truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
A woman extracts truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani ...
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March 16, 2021
A woman extracts truffles from the soil in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa...
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Women extract truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani ...
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A child carries a basket of truffles in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani...
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March 16, 2021
The tent of Abu Jakka Farhan, a truffle hunter, sits in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021....
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The tent of Abu Jakka Farhan, a truffle hunter, sits in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 16, 2021
Abu Jakka Farhan, a truffle hunter, sits in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani...
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March 16, 2021
Salma Mohsen, 10, poses for a photo holding a truffle, in the desert in Samawa, Iraq, February 23, 2021....
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March 16, 2021
Truffle sellers stand at a market in the city of Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani...
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March 16, 2021
A truffle seller sits at a market in the city of Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani...
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A truffle seller sits at a market in the city of Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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A man buys truffles at a market in the city of Samawa, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani...
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A worker cooks a meal with truffles at the restaurant Beit al-Hatab, in the city of Samawa, Iraq, March...
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A worker cooks a meal with truffles at the restaurant Beit al-Hatab, in the city of Samawa, Iraq, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "TRUFFLES SAMAWA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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