As we covered earlier in It’s The Water That Binds Us, in this video Alexandra Cousteau continues her mission Expedition: Blue Planet and interviews a local man from Jordan, Othman Mizra, whose father built a livelihood around a water oasis – Azraq – in Jordan. Now the water from the oasis is pumped to Amman instead and the Azraq oasis has run dry.
See the story of the tragedy in the above video.
According to Wikipedia, Azraq (Arabic: الأزرق) is a small town with a population of approximately 5,000 people (1990) in central-eastern Jordan, 100km east of Amman.
Azraq has long been an important settlement in a remote and now-arid desert area of Jordan. The strategic value of the town and its castle (Qasr Azraq where Lawrence of Arabia once stayed) is that it lies in the middle of the Azraq oasis, the only permanent source of fresh water in approximately 12,000 square kilometres of desert.