War in the Darfur region of Sudan has created some 2.5 million refugees. More than 17,000 people, mostly women and children, live in one of the refugee camps, Iridimi in Chad, which is east of Sudan, next to Darfur. The area surrounding the camp is arid, and firewood for cooking is sparse. The influx of refugees, along with the need for wood by the local inhabitants, has depleted the wood supply. Women and children must venture farther and farther away from the camp to bring back more wood, putting themselves at greater risk for violence. Put simply, an alternative heat source had to be found. So in 2006 the nonprofit organizations KoZon Foundation and Solar Cookers International began to supply solar cookers to the refugees of Iridimi.
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