10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Genesis 2:10-14
What Moses, the probable author of Genesis, was describing here is located in modern-day Iraq. Based on 15+ years of war, Iraq today is no longer any kind of paradise. But at one time it was filled with lucious green vegetation and was the first home of mankind.
The general region is still a mess with radical Islamic terrorism. Just today I heard a disturbing report about 50 Yazidis sex slaves who were slaughtered. The Yazidis live throughout the Mideast as well as Canada, Western Europe, and the United States. They are a severely persecuted group.
Pray for the Yazidi people in that region. Pray that in the midst of their pain and misery, many will see dreams and visions, and will turn to the Savior. That is their only hope of life and salvation in the midst of heinous terrorists.