Liz Ashburn

Iraq Suite

Filling the Marshes in the Garden of Eden 2007 water colour and gouache

In 2003 less than 7% percent of the Mesopotamian marshes were intact and 90% of the natural wetlands had disappeared through a combination of drainage works and dams upstream which restrict the flow of water. Saddam Hussein was accused of deliberately draining the marshes as a tool of repression against the Marsh Arabs who opposed his regime and whose culture is closely linked with the wetland environment. However now there has been an effort to refill these marshes.

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