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A boy digs for water from a nearly dry riverbed (called a wadi) in the Breidjing Refugee Camp in Eastern Chad. Water is a constant preoccupation in the Breidjing Refugee Camp, home to 30,000 refugees from Darfur, Sudan. Every day, lines of women and children carry jugs and pots of drinking and cooking water from distribution points to their tents. To get extra water to wash clothes, families dig pits in nearby wadis (seasonal river beds), creating shallow pools from which they scoop out water. in the month of November, the camp wadi had water three feet below the surface. As the dry season advances, the sand pits get deeper and deeper.

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A boy digs for water from a nearly dry riverbed (called a wadi) in the Breidjing Refugee Camp in Eastern Chad. Water is a constant preoccupation in the Breidjing Refugee Camp, home to 30,000 refugees from Darfur, Sudan. Every day, lines of women and children carry jugs and pots of drinking and cooking water from distribution points to their tents. To get extra water to wash clothes, families dig pits in nearby wadis (seasonal river beds), creating shallow pools from which they scoop out water. in the month of November, the camp wadi had water three feet below the surface. As the dry season advances, the sand pits get deeper and deeper.