By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

They Are Flooding ‘The Garden Of Eden’… And The Photos Are Spectacular.

In 1992, Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi government began an initiative to drain the country's marshlands. The goal was to push out Shiite guerrillas, but residents in the area were also forced to leave their homes. However, the homes they left behind were quite extraordinary.

Considered Iraq's "Garden of Eden," these unique marshland homes were made entirely of reeds and natural materials, and placed onto islands constructed from compacted mud. When the residents of this community left over 20 years ago, the homes and marshes were left to fall into disrepair. However, in 2003, the country began refolding the marshes, and the lush environment and delicate ecosystem continues to re-establish itself to this day.