As drought grips Iran, farmers lament loss of a way of life

la-1475015423-snap-photoMother nature is doing a number on the whole world

Watermelons once sprung from this soil, the giant striped fruit dotting the arid landscape like mushrooms after a rain.

“It was such a garden,” farmer Hossain Mirakhouri, 45, recalled of his childhood on this sun-scorched plateau east of Tehran. MORE