Water find may end Darfur war

It has been posited that the Darfur crisis war genocide is a resource conflict caused by water shortage. If that is true, finding the world’s 10th largest lake (underground) will help.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Water find may end Darfur war

A huge underground lake has been found in Sudans Darfur region, scientists say, which they believe could help end the conflict in the arid region.

Some 1,000 wells will be drilled in the region, with the agreement of Sudans government, the Boston University researchers say.
Analysts say competition for resources between Darfurs Arab nomads and black African farmers is behind the conflict.
More than 200,000 Darfuris have died and 2m fled their homes since 2003.

“Much of the unrest in Darfur and the misery is due to water shortages,” said geologist Farouk El-Baz, director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing, according to the AP news agency.

“Access to fresh water is essential for refugee survival, will help the peace process, and provides the necessary resources for the much needed economic development in Darfur,” he said.

I am a technology sceptic sometimes, in the sense that I don’t believe technology fixes everything. But, this seems to be a promising development. If anything, all that activity, well digging, etc. will bring more people into Sudan and that could slow down the murderous Janjaweed.

3 comments for “Water find may end Darfur war

  1. A
    July 18, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    it is a bit oversimplified of them to say it will help mitigate the conflict. it has to be more complicated than that when the government is hiring bands of vermon to attack villages unprovoked. there’s all sorts of shit going on there, from chinese and american oil investments, to political promises to the cia in the “war against terror”, to ethnic cleansing, to arms trade, etc. anyway, just thought i’d rant.

  2. July 18, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    A, you’re right. Sometimes, press releases of scientific results/research tend to overstate their findings just a wee bit and indulge in hyperbole. I mean, it’s great work, and a very valuable find. The logical fallacy is as follows:

    A started B
    A is now gone.
    B will therefore stop.

    I leave it to the philosophy major to identify this by its name!