Fishermen of the Iraqi Marshes

The Iraqi marshes provide the Marsh Arabs with almost everything they need to survive: dairy products, meat, cereals, vegetables and large amounts of fish. In earlier times the marshes supplied the whole country of Iraq with fish. This supply disappeared with the draining of the marshes in the 1990’s.

When out for fishing, the fishermen live on self-made islands on the water during several days. When they come back a trader receives the catch at sunrise and sells it on the local market. In return the trader will supplies the fishermen with food and ice.

  • LocationMarshlands, Southern Iraq
  • Year2003-2009