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BBC’s Wishful Thinking

The good news is that a potentially huge source of fresh water has been found in Darfur. I, however, don’t share the BBC’s optimism:

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.

Maybe the BBC should focus more on this aspect of their own article:

“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.

The government knew there was water in Darfur, but did nothing to exploit it. Sounds like the root cause of the conflict is something other than “resources.”

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