One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a seminomadic Arab people inhabiting marshland in southern Iraq, near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
- ‘Now, he's on the committee to choose the interim national assembly - which means he will be in the new parliament when it's seated - and bivouacked in a phat pad on the Tigris, complete with a garden, a Marsh Arab reed house and a mini-militia.’
- ‘A society of 500,000 people who have lived in and around an enormous freshwater wetland ecosystem for some 5,000 years, the Marsh Arabs have suffered the total destruction of their economy, their culture, their habitat and their way of life.’
- ‘We found was that there weren't any Marsh Arabs who were still living in their place of origin; they had all been forcibly moved, sometimes once, some groups has many as 18 times.’
- ‘This time last year, I visited a Marsh Arab family crammed into a tiny straw hut in the stinking heat in the Iraqi desert.’
- ‘The Ma'dan, or Marsh Arabs inhabit the marshy area at the junction of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq.’
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