The once pristine marshlands in southern Iraq covered an enormous area, more than twice the size of America’s Everglades. But they were virtually obliterated by a vengeful Saddam Hussein, who was punishing the marshland’s rebellious residents. It became a wasteland — until one man, an Iraqi engineer living in the United States, took it upon himself to lead the effort to restore it.
Over a period of months, our colleagues at the series “Nature” followed the remarkable efforts of Azzam Alwash, documenting his triumphs and struggles. Need to Know presents brief portions of the program, called “Braving Iraq,” which premieres this Sunday on PBS.