Iraqi truffle hunters unearth desert harvest

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 72 YEAR-OLD TRUFFLE HUNTER, ZAHRA BUHEIR, SAYING: "Here it is, the truffle... Rain came, and then thunder, bringing truffles up to the surface. Truffles that we sell, we cook and eat. It is a blessing from God."

Some Iraqis have turned to desert truffle hunting

as the country battles an economic crisis

Location: Samawa Desert, Iraq

But this year's rain came late

meaning this family could only find one tenth of their usual haul

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 31 YEAR-OLD TRUFFLE HUNTER FROM SAMAWA, MOHSEN FARHAN, SAYING: "After the seasonal rains, there are truffles in these areas. After the rain, most truffles are here. This year it rained but rain came late, so there are only a few truffle. "