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Iraq : Return to the Marshes by Carolyn drake (0 images)

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The southern part of Iraq once contained 12,000 square miles of marshland formed from the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It’s the area mythically known as the Garden of Eden. The reeds, water, and wildlife in the marshes allowed civilization to develop there 6,000 years ago.

The people who live there now are called Madan and are linguisitically and culturally tied to the ancient Sumerians. They are Shia muslims, and during the Iran - Iraq war between...
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