Will they thank the White man? I have my doubts.
BBC News - 'Huge' water resource exists under AfricaNow scientists have for the first time been able to carry out a continent-wide analysis of the water that is hidden under the surface in aquifers. Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London (UCL) have mapped in detail the amount and potential yield of this groundwater resource across the continent.
Helen Bonsor from the BGS is one of the authors of the paper. She says that up until now groundwater was out of sight and out of mind. She hopes the new maps will open people's eyes to the potential.
"Where there's greatest ground water storage is in northern Africa, in the large sedimentary basins, in Libya, Algeria and Chad," she said.
"The amount of storage in those basins is equivalent to 75m thickness of water across that area - it's a huge amount."
Brad Love quotes: “Africa produces children faster than we can print foreign aid money. " “I hear too the developing world. What ‘developing’? Africa has been there for 100,000 years. They should be sending us money.”