To solve this problem, the government of Darfur asked many organizations for help to bring in trucks to serve water to the region. Because the area’s water supply is very limited and doesn’t meet the demand for it, people often fight over the scarce resource.
The Darfur government arranged to discuss the issue with the UN, and a local organization tasked with researching and finding permanent solutions for this problem came to the conclusion to cooperate with and give management of the water in Foro Buranga to a third party. To manage this task, the Thai military drilled in appropriate areas in cooperation with the WEP (Water Equipment Project), the main organization responsible for groundwater drilling.
WEP’s primary task was to use a satellite to identify potential drilling areas. In the future, it will work with other organizations, including the UN, to manage water storage and pipelines.
Part of the challenge in this project lay in Foro Buranga’s remoteness; the city is 120 km west of Mukjar, along the border in West Darfur. The Thai military delivered all the equipment, tools, and vehicles to the area. The military was divided into two units: one to protect the goods and another to support the delivery mission and drilling process. The Thai soldiers undertaking this mission were experts in groundwater drilling normally assigned to the development division of the Thai military.
The soldiers coordinated their supplies with the operational base that the country of Burkina Faso established in Foro Buranga. The Thai military also worked with the WEP staff to support drilling operations. The coordination among all these agencies had to be worked out carefully from the start of the project.
In the first step, the Thai military drilled into the ground and through rock layers until it reached groundwater at 55 meters deep. Next, the soldiers laid the iron pipe that would carry the groundwater to the surface. The well achieved a water flow of 5,000 cubic meters per hour, enough to meet the needs of the residents.
For this mission, the Thai military and WEP received the deep appreciation of the local residents. They thanked all soldiers and organizations that worked on this project. This project was not an easy task; all staff members worked in hot temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius during the daytime and cold temperatures below 17 degrees Celsius at night. This mission presented many other difficulties, but the staff overcame all of these troubles and succeeded through their strong determination. The drilling of a well for Foro Buranga was considered a successful mission, and the Thai soldiers traveled safely back to their base in Mukjar.
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