Zainab and Mariams life gets harder due to drought

More and more people on Earth are noticing the effects of climate change. For example, Zainab and Mariam sisters. They live with their parents in a swamp in southern Iraq. But the swamp is getting drier and that causes problems.

The family of Zainab and Mariam belongs to the swamp arabs. That‘s a population group that has been living in the swamp for years. They fish and keep buffalo. The buffalo milk makes yogurt and cheese and they sell it.

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But climate change makes that increasingly difficult. Large rivers in Iraq dry up and as a result, less water flows to the swamp.

Zainab and Mariam hope they will be able to live in the swamp area for a long time. And the other residents feel the same way about that. But it’s just the question if you can.