Children living on the frontline of the climate crisis in Basra, southern Iraq, have experienced drought and heatwaves on top of decades of conflict. Their families have been forced to abandon farming after generations and now they fear for their futures.

Iraq is the fifth most vulnerable country to water and food shortages and extreme temperatures, according to the United Nations. More than 130,000 families have been displaced in Iraq as a result of drought, according to IOM. Projections show that Iraq is expected to be the ‘hottest’ country in the region by 2050, with average temperature exceeding 36 degrees Celsius.

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