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A ‘Most Desolate Place’ Gets a New Lease on Life in Kenya | United States Institute of Peace

A colleague once remarked about northern Kenya as we flew over it en route to South Sudan, “I’ve been to many parts of the world, but I believe this is the most desolate place I have ever seen.” The recent discovery of an enormous supply of underground water in the area could transform that “most desolate place” in ways few could have envisioned.

(photo EC/ECHO/Malini Morzaria)

(photo EC/ECHO/Malini Morzaria)

The new discovery—using a combination of satellite data and traditional ground sensing – of multiple huge underground water reserves in Turkana constitutes a proverbial jackpot. The trifecta includes large supplies of water, new oil discoveries nearby, and an almost certain surge of economic development and attention from governments and businesses.

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