The Wider Image: Middle East's Fertile Crescent dries up as rains fail
Hedyya Ouda poses for a photograph in the village of Al-Bouzayyat, which sits on the bank of a former canal which has dried up, in Diwaniya, Iraq, October 11, 2022. "The village is empty," said Hedyya Ouda, one of the few remaining residents when Reuters visited her in October. Hedyya and her husband stopped growing wheat and barley three years ago because of water shortages, sold their livestock and were forced to travel about 60 km (40 miles) twice a month to buy drinking water. When Reuters returned to their village in November, both had left for the city. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani SEARCH "CLIMATE MIDEAST WATER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.