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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.

Development & Education

Kenyan communities succeed in managing scarce water, where aid projects once foundered

Water is the most precious resource for communities around the globe. Yet, surprisingly, aid projects to drill wells in Kenya often failed because people didn't maintain the wells. Now communities are taking responsibility for cooperatively managing their water and their success is leading them to tackle other problems, like education.

Health & Medicine

Clean Water Scarce in Pakistan

Political instability and violence make Pakistan a U.S. foreign policy priority. But there's another looming crisis there too. Pakistan is fast running out of water and much of what IS available is making people sick. On PRI's The World.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The Answer to today's Geo Quiz is Tozeur, Tunisia, the starting point for four US and Canadian students who took 8 days to run across the Northern Sahara desert. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with one of the students, Jill Gilday.

Conflict & Justice

Bushmen of the Kalahari

The Geo Quiz takes us to southern Africa this time. Bushmen there are celebrating a court victory. They've been fighting a long legal battle with the government of Botswana over access to water. Can you name the region in Botswana where the Bushmen live?

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

Rebuilding Haiti

Haiti's infrastructure for things like clean water and sewage disposal was primitive before last week's earthquake. Now, out of tragedy arises the opportunity to rebuild it up to modern standards. Marina Giovannelli has our story.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Quiz / Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for another name for 'zero latitude.' The answer is the equator. Anchor Marco Werman speaks to David de Rothschild, who is aboard the Plastiki, a sailing vessel made in part of recycled plastic bottles.

Global Politics

Indonesia death toll rises

At least 1,100 people have died in the earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has said. Marco Werman gets the latest from Amelia Merrick with the aid group World Vision.

Conflict & Justice

How to fix Haiti's economy

In the aftermath of January's devastating earthquake there's a lot of talk about finally getting things right in Haiti, a sense that the opportunity to rebuild means the opportunity to fix what's been wrong. The World's Jeb Sharp reports.

Global Politics

Haifa fire still burning

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with reporter Daniel Estrin in Israel about the country's biggest-ever forest fire, which is burning near the port city of Haifa. Israel has received help from several countries in the effort to put out the blaze.