Sunday, February 1, 2009

Droughts and water feuds in the Bekaa

My previous post on potential water feuds in the Bekaa led to this IRIN article:

"In the shadow of Black Peak Mountain in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, an historic feud over irrigation is being slowly re-ignited, illustrating how increased water scarcity is triggering social conflict in Lebanon.

“Nothing’s profitable to grow here. Twenty thousand dunums [nearly 5,000 acres] of farmland is unused,” said Abdel-Wahab Amhaz, head of a Shia Muslim clan in Nabha, in northern Bekaa, home to some 11,000 people.
" (Thanks Marcy and Rania)

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