The Middle East is currently contending with widespread water shortages, and Iraq is no exception. While the country undoubtedly faces major challenges from climate change, poor water management and mismanaged human interventions are also to blame for the droughts that are becoming more and more common in the Middle East’s fourth most populous state. In this investigation, Vox dives into the factors, both natural and man-made, that are leaving Iraq’s great rivers out to dry.

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