Friday, 12 March 2010

Stolen solar panel

These are the kind of things that demoralize us and the honest people of Afghanistan. Solar street lights have been used to improve the security situation in villages, but they also prove to be an attractive target for theives. These pictures show a typical solar street light (the box holds a battery that stores the solar power harvested during the day and feeds it to the light at night) and one that had been knocked down and sabotaged. These solar street lights and batteries often end up in someone's house or business. Corruption has been commonly sited as a major problem thwarting reconstruction efforts; even small scale events like these serve to demoralize the good people of Afghanistan and disconnect the honest people from the institutions of civil society.

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