Archived posts with tag ‘irrigation’

Axeghanistan ’10: A River Ran through It

Well, not a river exactly. But 30 years ago, the valley surrounding the city of Bagram was lush from east to west, Afghans say. Today, you can stand at the NATO airbase adjacent to Bagram, look west and see green fields, look east and see nothing but parched, red earth. Afghans say the air base, built by the Russians decades ago, is to blame. The facility’s acres of concrete and steel have disrupted the natural flow of water across the valley.

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