Environmental and economic disaster loom over the Shatt al Arab river in Iraq, and there is very little the government can do about it. For many years, Turkey, Syria and Iran have all been using the headwaters that make up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which eventually confluence to make up the Shatt al Arab. There is little left for Iraqi government leaders to do, aside from plead with their neighbours to release more water from the modern network of dams stemming the river flows.

To read more about the situation in Siba, Iraq, visit the New York Times here.