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Arts, Culture & Media

Why some Kenyan villagers take AK-47s to fetch water

On the border with South Sudan, is a Turkana village called Loblono, in Northern Kenya. These Turkana people have survived for centuries in one of the harshest landscapes on earth, the dry-as-a-bone desert that also stretches across South Sudan and Somalia. They live a nomadic lifestyle based on herding cattle, chasing the rain and the grasslands that sprout from the desert when it’s wet. The Turkana have always been in conflict with neighboring tribes, like the Poquot and the Taposas. But, in recent years, dwindling water supplies have exacerbated the conflict on this smallest of scales.

Global Politics

Haiti update

It's been three weeks since the earthquake struck Haiti and residents there are still struggling to find food and shelter. Some aid distribution problems in Haiti have eased. The BBC's Nick Davis gives us an update from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

Science, Tech & Environment

The Colorado River is crucial to the West's water supply — and harnessing it was a feat

Water supply in the west isn't only about rain, or the lack thereof. A good deal of water scarcity issues have to do with decades-old policy and entrenched infrastructure. It’s a convoluted situation, and a team of reporters are working to make sense and put broader perspective on the western water crisis and the central role of the Colorado River.