»Syria, the Environmental Crisis Behind the Civil War«

Mouneb Nassar

Syrien, die Umweltkrise hinter dem Bürgerkrieg

Since 2013, theatre artist Walid Rashed has been touring refugee camps and devastated neighbourhoods to perform puppet acts and shadow play for Syrian children among the destruction.

Among the causes that helped spark the conflict is the oldest and most common: the lack of water. In fact, between 2007 and 2010, Syria was hit by a severe drought, the worst recorded in the country during the last century, along with climate change. The environmental causes of wars should not be underestimated, because food and water will play a very important role in the coming years. Restoring the natural systems of countries (and thus their economies) would help reduce poverty and conflict.

Syrischer Puppenspieler tritt für Kinder auf, Saraqib, Gouvernemant Idlib, Syrien, 27. März 2019.

Syrien, die Umweltkrise hinter dem Bürgerkrieg

Incessant heavy showers throughout every year coupled with high tides flooded most parts of Chittagong city in Bangladesh and caused havoc in the city dwellers' life. Life became paralysed in the port city; the roads and lanes were submerged deep in water. The office-going people and the students faced untold sufferings to get to their destinations, as there were few vehicles in the inundated streets.

In that time, people used local boats in the waist-deep water on the city roads to reach offices, while many were forced to stay indoors. During the monsoon in Bangladesh, water levels rise in rivers and cause floods. Bangladesh faces this problem almost every year. There are various causes of floods. Heavy rainfall and melting of snow in the mountains mainly cause floods; another important cause is the silting of rivers.

Kazi Md. Jahirul Islam