Wednesday, 12 July 2017

When climate change meets geopolitical conflict

Hundreds of dead camels: the most dramatic face of the Qatar crisis with its Arab neighbors

Saudi Arabia expelled the Qatari who raised animals in their territory.The bloody exodus across the desert

10 July, 2017

The breakdown in Qatar's relationship with its Arab neighbors has had a bloody consequence. Hundreds of camels are dying of hunger and thirst in the desert.
In June, six Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, accused the Qatari dynasty of fomenting terrorism, breached diplomatic relations and prompted sanctions and an economic blockade.
For decades, Qatari peasants used the much larger territory of Saudi Arabia to raise their camels and sheep. But one of the consequences of the political crisis was the expulsion of Saudi lands from Qatari citizens along with some 15,000 camels and 10,000 sheep.
The rushed exodus of the peasants with their animals through the desert and with temperatures of up to 50 ° C was bloody.
Some estimate that at least one hundred baby camels died during the trip to Qatar.
"On my return from Saudi Arabia I saw more than a hundred camels killed on the road and hundreds of camels and sheep wandering lost," Hussein told Marri to the Daily Mail . "Many in agony and others with broken legs and other wounds."
The Qatari government set up shelters on its side of the border with food and water tanks. But many animals could not get there.
Camels are used mainly to produce milk and also for breeding, since the races of these animals are popular in Qatar.
It is estimated that there are still about 150,000 Qatari camels in Saudi Arabia and it is not clear what their fate will be .

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