In pictures: Iraq's trickle of hope - Al Jazeera English

In pictures: Iraq's trickle of hope

An ancient system of wells and tunnels could help refresh a parched nation.

Sebastian Meyer |

No-one knows exactly when they were built, but the ancient labyrinths of underground canals known as karez have helped keep water flowing through Iraq's most arid lands for much of the past 1,000 years.

Despite many drying up in recent years, a project to rehabilitate these tunnels has lent a lifeline to many of the country's most isolated villages.

Read more about karez systems here: Ancient aqueducts offer Iraq a trickle of hope

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