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In the midst of the conflagration of the first Gulf War, camels wandering in search of shrubs and water in the oil fields burning in southern Kweit. This desperate search for food reflects the environmental disaster in a region beset by conflicts. The oil was crucial to this: gushing from wells sabotaged, causing the death of tens of thousands of birds trapped in oily puddles and ponds.

The Most Iconic Photographs From National Geographic's History Roaming camels forage for shrubs and water in southern Kuwait as the black clouds of burning oil fields hang above them. It was shot by Steve McCurry in 1991 during the Gulf War.

Kuwait | Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry - A dying horse wanders in the burning oil fields, Al Ahmadi Oil Fields, Kuwait, 1991

Operation Desert Storm - U.S troops patrolling burning oil fields

Operation Desert Storm - U.S Military troops patrolling burning oil fields in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War

Highway of Death, Kuwait. 1991. The result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces.

Highway of Death, Kuwait. 1991. The result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces. [1,237px × 1,575px]

Highway of Death, the result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces, Kuwait, 1991

We have clean water for drinking, showers, and washing our clothes. I want to help significantly decrease this number. It is crazy what people take for granted.

Access to clean drinking water in Africa

We have clean water for drinking, showers, and washing our clothes. I want to help significantly decrease this number. It is crazy what people take for granted.

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