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Emma Nicholson, Peter Clark, Rageh Omaar

Iraqi Aftermath: Restoring the Marshlands

Hay Festival 2003, 
In the early 1990s Saddam Hussein drained the marshlands of Southern Iraq, home to the Shi'a tribes, by damming the Tigris and Euphrates. This turned the area into an uninhabitable desert and caused an ecological disaster. The Liberal Peer and the distinguished Arabist Peter Clark discuss the urgent and huge environmental project to restore the marshlands.