The Gathering Storm - Creeping Deserts in MauritaniaWednesday, January 21, 2009
In West Africa, the Sahara desert is growing by thousands of square kilometres a year and the search for water for people and their animals becomes ever more desperate. "When I was young it was easy to get water, but not these days," said Alioune Modhi, a Mauritanian nomad. "Sometimes I dig 12 wells and still dont find water. It's our biggest problem."