Hawa, a Casualty of Water Crisis in Iran
On July 19th, 2019, a crocodile attacked Hawa, a ten-year-old village girl, as she was fetching water with her sisters. Sadly, Hawa lost an arm.
Sistan and Baluchestan is one of the most arid and impoverished provinces in Iran. The villages in this area have been suffering from drought and face a growing water crisis. In order to meet their drinking water needs the villagers are forced to collect water from ponds and marshes, and share natural water resources with crocodiles and other animals.
For years, reptiles, crocodiles, and villagers have shared water side-by-side without incident. However, the overwhelming drought due to climate change, mismanagement, has led to a concentration of crocodiles around the small remaining water sources, and forced these creatures to fight for their survival in a high-density environment. Children like Hawa have been among their primary victims. Twenty children have died from such incidents and their numbers continue to increase.