This just in from Ariane...she is in Niamey, Niger and just heard from Denis who is in the Azawak:
Dear Friends of the Azawak,
This is just a very quick note to tell you that, upon Denis' arrival at the borehole of Tangarwachane, he found thousands and thousands of people and their animals waiting in line for water. Some of these people had traveled as far as 100 km (200 km round-trip, and approximately 120 miles round trip) searching for water. The situation is so dire at this point, that entire populations are literally abandoning their villages, and moving closer to the few sustainable sources of water. I apologize for reemphasizing the point… but the Tangarwachane borehole, along with the few others in the area, cannot alone meet the needs of all these people and their livestock. We pray for rain and more boreholes ASAP!