The desert gatherers – Dana Tentea

In the middle of the desert, oases of flowers appear. In the Valley of the Roses, and a little further east, women cultivate Damask roses and medicinal plants.

Whether young or old, this activity enables them to earn a wage and achieve relative independence.
But their situation is doubly fragile: often dependent on the agreement of a husband who authorizes their wife to work or not, they are also dependent on the availability of water, which is becoming increasingly uncertain as the climate changes.

Water is scarcer, rivers more often dry, and pumps have to dig ever deeper to water what will grow in this orange desert.