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this is what most of Iraq's historic wetlands looked like a year ago in arid wasteland because of a severe lack of rainfall and damning upstream , and this is what it looks like today , heavy and unexpected rains at the end of last year because those dams to over flow bringing water and hope rushing back to this area claimed to have once been the location of the biblical garden of Eden , that was not a novel about I was up in this residence Eunice Khalil says water is their source of life itself breeding animals fishing everything and that he lost up to twenty of his buffalo last year so this is some much needed good news in the awful history of the people who live here a culture called the marsh Arabs , Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein accused of these people of treachery during his war with Iran in the nineteen eighties and he later trains the marshes in order to flush out rebels many residents fled at the time after Saddam's overthrow in two thousand three parts of the wetlands were re flooded in around two hundred fifty thousand marsh Arabs have cautiously trickled back , it's thought these are the highest water levels since the overthrow