1993 Photo Contest, Oskar Barnack Award, Stories, Individual awards
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Eugene Richards

Magnum Photos for Audubon Magazine

01 January, 1992

The Hadeija-Nguru wetlands are in danger of drying up. Irrigation projects of successive governments may spell the end of the traditional life-style of these people, who are dependent on the river for their drinking water, their baths and their laundry. Virtually all rain falls in August and September. It allows fish to breed, cattle to graze and farmers to grow crops. Diverting water to irrigate desert margins elsewhere could turn these wetlands into a dust bowl.

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