IRAQ: IRAQI'S PRAY FOR RAIN AS COUNTRY SUFFERS FROM A SEVERE DROUGHT THAT HAS BADLY AFFESTED ITS CROPSRecord ID: 636756
- Title: IRAQ: IRAQI'S PRAY FOR RAIN AS COUNTRY SUFFERS FROM A SEVERE DROUGHT THAT HAS BADLY AFFESTED ITS CROPS
- Date: 2nd December 1999
- Summary: BAGHDAD, IRAQ (DECEMBER 2 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. PAN UP PEOPLE PRAYING FOR RAIN LOOKING UP AT SKY 0.07 2. WS IMAM LEADING PRAYERS 0.18 3. LAS PEOPLE KNEELING IN PRAYER 0.22 4. SV SOUNDBITE (Arabic): SHEIKH ABDUL-RAZZAQ PRAYING: "We beg the God to bring rain to us and please do not leave us without rain." 0.29 5. SCU HANDS HELD UP IN PRAYER 0.32 6. MV PEOPLE PRAYING 0.36 7. CU/SCU PEOPLE PRAYING - WITH ONE MAN CRYING (2 SHOTS) 0.42 8. CU ROSARY 0.46 9. MV PEOPLE TURNING THEIR COATS AND CLOAKS AS A TRADITION, BEGGING GOD FOR RAIN 0.50 10. SV IMAM PRAYING 0.54 11. MV PEOPLE PRAYING 0.58 12. CU (SOUNDBITE)(English) AGRICULTURE MINISTER ABDUL-ILLAH HAMEED: "Of course, we are facing a serious problem because of the drought condition, last year, till now our condition is not so good because till now, the rain fall is not enough for plantation and cultivation" 1.31 13. MV LAND CRACKED BY DROUGHT 1.33 14. CU SOIL 1.37 15. LV RIVER DRIED UP 1.41 16. SV/CU SHEEP DRINKING FROM STAGNANT WATER FROM DRIED UP RIVER (2 SHOTS) 1.48 17. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FARMER SALEH MANHAL SAYING: "Most of our animals are dying because of drought, moreover the drought also affects our plantation." 1.57 18. MV GIRL PLACING PIPE IN WELL TO GET WATER OUT 2.00 19. CLOSE UP PIPE 2.04 20. SCU LITTLE GIRL 2.07 21. MV FARMER'S CHILDREN 2.11 22. SLV MAN SITTING DOWN AMONG DRIED UP CROPS 2.22 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Duration: 00:02:22
- Story Text: President Saddam Hussein has asked Iraqis to perform a
"Rain" Prayer, as the country suffers from a severe drought
that has badly affected crops.
Thousands of Iraqis, hit by the worst drought this
century, gathered at the disused al-Muthanna airport in
Baghdad on Thursday (December 2) to pray for rain.
The mass prayer session was attended by top officials,
including the ministers of agriculture and religious affairs,
in response to a recent appeal by President Saddam Hussein for
prayers to be held in Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces.
"We beg thee God to bring rain to us and please do not
leave us without rain," Moslems attending the Baghdad prayer
session chanted, echoing the Imam's words relayed through
Iraqi wheat imports have reached record levels this year
because of the drought hitting domestic crops.United Nations
officials say the country faces disaster next year if the
situation does not improve.
"Of course, we are facing a serious problem because of the
drought condition last year, till now our condition is not so
good because till now, the rain fall is not enough for
plantation and cultivation," Agriculture Minister Abdul-illah
Iraq, which is under U.N.-imposed sanctions because of its
1990 invasion of Kuwait, needs four million tonnes of wheat a
year.Three million are imported under an oil-for-food
According to FAO data, water levels in the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers during the current drought have dropped to
about 40 percent of average winter flows.Farmers say it's
not just their crops which are suffering.Their livestock too
is slowly dying.
Similar prayers for rain are being held in Syria on Friday
(December 3 1999), which has also been badly hit by drought.
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