Where camels walk on water

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Camels can walk on water. I wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. And if you don’t believe me, well, just look at the picture below to see camels walking on water in Somaliland!

Yes, it looks like sand, but there is water right underneath their hooves. This is the brilliance of sand dams and subsurface dams, where sand effectively serves as a temporary reservoir cover, protecting the precious water underneath from evaporating under the blazing sun. Sand dams provide low-cost, low-maintenance, and replicable rainwater harvesting technology.

Scrape and scoop the thin layers of sand away with your hands and they’ll soon be plunged into life-giving and often life-saving water.

My companion for this incredible sight was Omar. People from his village call him Omar Shukri (Omar “the thankful”). Nicknames are common in Somali communities and this one is more gracious than some other hilarious monikers! It was certainly appropriate from my perspective as I was very thankful for his insights.

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