A young boy fills up a jerry-can with waistwater that is provided free to the neighborhood, though it is unsafe to drink, in a poor suburb on the outskirts of Sana'a. Yemen is facing an extreme water crisis due to over consumption and mismanagement, with much of the semi-arid country's groundwater going toward kat cultivation, the leaves of which are chewed by the local population (as much as 70-90% in some places) on a daily basis, due to their mild amphetamine content. Illegal drilling for artesian water supplies in non-renewable underground aquifers is rampant, with wells in the Sanaa area reaching over 1,000 meters deep in some areas. Only 50 years ago, water was present just 20 meters below the surface.
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