Friday, June 3, 2011

Cooking up a solution to violence- from Berkeley to Darfur

Every day, women in Darfur, Sudan walk miles to gather firewood for cooking, often risking being kidnapped or raped by bandits along the way. So, the engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab invented a new kind of wood-burning stove that uses much less wood than regular three-stone fires which the women cook on. This stove would not only make their lives easier, it could possibly save many lives.
I visited the office of the The Darfur Stoves Project in Berkeley and spoke with executive director Andrée Sosler, who was recently in Darfur, and Kayje Booker, one of the engineers who worked on the project. I asked Adrée how the women in the refugee camps reacted when they first saw the stove.
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