Hidden lake could be key to helping Darfur

A huge lake hidden beneath Darfur and detected by radar from space could be the key to saving lives in the arid, war-torn region.

Hidden lake could be key to helping Darfur
A huge lake hidden beneath Darfur and detected by radar from space could be the key to saving lives in the arid, war-torn region.

Plans are underway to dig 1,000 wells that could provide water and help stop the region's war, The Telegraph reported Thursday.

A team led by a veteran of NASA's Apollo lunar exploration program used satellite equipment to compose a picture of the 12,000-square-mile (19,350-square-kilometer) "mega-lake" in the western Sudanese province.

Although the lake drained years ago, researchers believe that groundwater might still exist, the newspaper said.

About 200,000 people have been killed and another 250,000 forced from their homes due to clashes between Arab nomads and black African farmers often over the scarcity of water.

"Access to fresh water is essential for refugee survival, will help the peace process, and provides the necessary resources for economic development in Darfur," Farouk Al Baz, director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing, told The Telegraph.

A similar find in Egypt yielded 500 wells and 150,000 acres of viable farming land.

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