<p>An oven burns near a family's reed hut in Chibaish, Iraq. The family moved to this area in search of water, but much of the former marshes remain desolate after years of draining and neglect.</p>

An oven burns near a family's reed hut in Chibaish, Iraq. The family moved to this area in search of water, but much of the former marshes remain desolate after years of draining and neglect.

Photograph by Carolyn Drake, Magnum

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Battered by shifting resources, desperate farmers were driven into terror recruiters’ clutches. Can it happen again?

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