Young Iraqi boys search for fish in the stagnant waters of an almost-dry irrigation canal in al-Simsim, a village on the outskirts of Najaf, Iraq.
A patient is offered water in the cholera ward of the Shahid Hemn Hospital in Sulimaniyah. Cholera outbreaks, which usually happen sporadically in August when water supplies are at their lowest, are now happening far earlier in the year in Sulimaniyah.
Raad Ubaid tastes water from the well of his friend and neighbour, Jody Ahmed Nasir, in al-Simsim. In many areas, water pumped from below the surface is far too salty to drink, the result of dwindling water, agricultural runoff and untreated waste.
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