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When The Water Runs Dry

What is to be done with the 1.5 million settlers in the deserts of southwest Afghanistan when their livelihoods fail.

It was following the fall of the Taliban regime that people began to encroach upon the deserts of south west Afghanistan and claim it as their own. After an initial investment in shallow wells that ran dry, increasing numbers of settlers began to use percussion drills to sink wells into the ground up to 130 metres in depth. Then, with affordable diesel generators and water pumps imported from Pakistan and China these farmers transformed what was once rocky desert soil into productive agricultural land.

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