*NEWS*WATER FIND MAY END DARFUR WAR

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*NEWS*WATER FIND MAY END DARFUR WAR

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    Water find ‘may end Darfur war’
    A
    huge underground lake has been found in Sudan’s 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 Sudan’s government, the Boston University researchers
    say.Analysts say competition for resources between Darfur’s 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.

    ‘Significant’
    The
    team used radar data to find the ancient lake, which was 30,750 km2 -
    the size of Lake Erie in North America – the 10th largest lake in the
    world.A similar discovery was made in Sudan’s neighbour Egypt, where
    wells have been used to irrigate 150,000 acres of farmland, the
    researchers say.    The discovery is “very significant”, Hafiz Muhamad
    from the lobby group Justice Africa told the BBC’s Focus on Africa
    programme.”The root cause of the conflict is resources – drought and
    desertification in North Darfur.”He says this led the Arab nomads to
    move into South Darfur, where they came into conflict with black
    African farmers.He also said that it has long been known there was
    water in the area but the government had not paid for it to be
    exploited.French researcher Alain Gachet has also been using satellite
    images to look for new water resources in Darfur.Last month, the UN
    Environmental Programme (Unep) said there was little prospect of peace
    in Darfur unless the issues of environmental destruction were
    addressed.It said deserts had increased by an average of 100 km in the
    last 40 years, while almost 12% of forest cover had been lost in 15
    years.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said climate change was partly to
    blame for the conflict in Darfur in an editorial for US newspaper The
    Washington Post in June