>> The death of dozens of water buffalo in Iraq's southeastern wetlands is threatening the livelihoods of a whole community. Low water levels in the marshes, along with water salinity or the saltiness of the water more than doubling as a result. Is having a deadly impact on the animals that have been bred by marsh dwellers in the area for millenia.
As a result, more than 30 water buffalo have died in the last month and many more are threatened with disease as the water level falls. It's prompted a vaccination campaign but for many, the impact has already been devastating.>>
> At first, water became scarce and boats stop coming to the area, and after that our animals starts to lose weight and then die.
We gave them medicine but in vain. The buffalo returned home to lay on straw and die and we often slaughter them. While we burn others which we found dead in the water. We have been badly harmed.>> The lack of water is in part caused by the low priority given to agriculture by the central government and years of mismanagement of water resources.
Corruption and climate change also play a role. The government who is facing calls to find a solution through water-sharing agreements with neighboring countries. Otherwise, experts fear buffalo breeders in the marshes will be left with no other option but to migrate.