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Nadia Bseiso

Not war but climate change poses the biggest threat to the Middle East. The region is becoming a barren wasteland. The United Nations warn that two thirds of the countries are short on drinking water. Jordanian Nadia Bseiso followed a controversial construction project that will supply Jordan with water in the future.

Infertile Crescent

When we think of the Middle East we think of oil, religion, war. But perhaps climate change is the biggest threat to the region. In ancient times, this ‘cradle of civilisation’ was nicknamed the fertile crescent. But it is becoming a barren wasteland. Summers are getting hotter, rivers are drying up, sandstorms becoming more frequent. This man-made climate change is an unseen killer, taking the lives of innocent people.

Drinking water is disappearing due to weather extremes, salinisation of rivers, over-irrigation and population growth. According to the United Nations, two thirds of the region’s countries are short on drinking water. A 180-kilometer pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea will supply Jordan with water from 2020. Nadia Bseiso (Jordan, 1985) followed this controversial project, that might cause considerable ecological damage.

Bseiso lives and works in Amman, Jordan. In her own words, Infertile Crescent ‘is an old wives tale, on the construction of a pipeline, where a geologist and a village idiot agree: The next war will be a water war.’