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AUSTRALIA-DROUGHT/RIVER
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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,...
WILCANNIA, Australia
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. 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. "I always think of Australia as the Aboriginal people's 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 SEARCH "NEARMY DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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