Akeel Khreef reads the epic of Gilgamesh to buffaloes cooling in the depths of the marsh waters.

A herder, who cannot read or write, tells him about their dwindling livestock, as the polluted waters cause diseases among the herd.

“In the past water was plentiful, now it has become dirty and stagnant. The animals die when drinking it,” he said.

Follow Akeel Khreef’s journey here.