Solar power brings water to rural Darfur

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May 2014, Darfur, Sudan: Ten-year-old Nuseiba fills up a bucket of water at Azerni Basic School for girls © OCHA

The first thing you notice when you arrive in Azerni is the silence. Village life in West Darfur is usually accompanied by the incessant rumbling of motorized water pumps. At first, the explanation for the silence seems obvious: the pump must be broken.

But, on closer inspection, women are still chatting around the village’s water points and children are still running and playing between the lines of empty jerry-cans. Most tellingly, water is still flowing.

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