Water Scarcity In The Middle East

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The Crisis In several countries that form part of the middle east, renewable fresh water will barely cover human needs within two decades. The Middle East is a transcontinental region, made up of 18 countries, located in Western Asia, and partly in North Africa. The semi-arid climate makes part of the nations within the Middle East suffer from water shortage.Water scarcity is also influenced by the economic growth and the greater water demand from increasing population. This water scarcity makes living in various countries from this region, close to impossible.The water crisis is affecting negatively countries in the Middle East by empowering extremists, obligating people to leave their country, and helping spread diseases.
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“A ranking Iranian political figure recently warned that past mistakes leave Iran with water supplies so insufficient that up to 70 percent, or 55 million out of 78 million Iranians, would be forced to abandon their native country for parts unknown.” (Pipes, 2015, p. 1). The powerful water scarcity in the Middle East is making living impossible. “Middle East's largest lake has lost 95 percent of its water since 1996, going from 31 billion cubic meters to 1.5 billion.” (Pipes, 2015, p. 1). These drastic changes have made some of the Middle Eastern governments consider and even start taking in action major changes like forcing people to leave their home country. Nations in the Middle East have an increasing population that is demanding more and more water every day. Water that the countries don't have, and is water that is being misused and wrongly administered by the government. In Gaza what's called a "hydrological nightmare," seawater intrusion and the leakage of sewage has made 95 percent of the coastal aquifer unfit for human consumption.(Pipes, 2015, p. 1). We can see how bad decisions made by countries have caused them to carve their own grave. Iranians are not the only ones who may have to exile their home nations but a big number of countries may also join the list (Pipes, 2015, p.…show more content…
Water from rivers is not suitable for drinking, but every day millions of people have to walk kilometers to drink dirty river water. This water is contaminated, and people who drink it get sick, and can't afford medical assistance.““The number of cases of diarrhea among children has increased some 70 percent in Anbar since the beginning of 2006. Among adults, the increase is 40 percent because they are more resistant than infants,” said Dr. Khalifa Kubaissy.” (Unknown, 2015, p.1). This number is increasing, but the government isn't investing money to fix this issue and help people with low income be healthy. Just 32 percent of the Iraqi population has access to clean drinking water, and only 19 percent has access to a good sewage system (Unknown, 2015, p.1). People clean clothes, take baths, and drink from this water. The diseases spread quickly and cases of chronic diarrhea are becoming extremely common. Doctors are sure that the only way to solve this diseases is to provide potable water, but families can't afford a bottle of fresh clean water.
Water shortage is slowly destroying the middle east by making diseases run wild, making it easier for extremist
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