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communications in part for those deaths. they hope the voice recordings will help future fire crews get educated and prevent a similar tragedy. i'm rosa flores. you're watching cnn. you ready to swim? >> yeah. >> to me, water most simply, it represents life. you cannot have life without water. you are good. >> water hands down is the absolute greatest resource that this planet has to offer. we have many other ways to fuel vehicles or our homes or our ipads. there's only one way to fuel our bodies. there will be much more
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fighting, unrest and war in this world because of water than there ever was because of oil. >> may real name is dixon batey hendley, but everybody calls me doc. i'm the founder and international president of wine to water. we are a nonprofit organization and our goal is to provide clean drinking water to people in need all over the world. december 2003 is when i had the idea for wine to water. at the time, i really had no direction, i was happy with just being a bartender, playing music out. but then i started to think that maybe i had the ability to do more with my life than just be a
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bartender. i remember the night very vividly when the phrase wine to water was in my head and i couldn't get it out and i began to research water, like maybe i'm supposed to know something about water. and then it was all a snowball effect from there. in 2003, civil war broke out in western sudan, leading to a brutal genocide which displaced millions of people. in august of 2004, i left for the darfur region of sudan. i stayed there for a year. i was able to work alongside another organization and i was all over the water and sanitation projects over there. >> this is what a typical camp looks like, it ain't the prettiest place in the world. these things around her neck, they're supposed to keep away bullets. >> darfur exposed me to a lot of the horrors of humanity.
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a couple really close run-in said where i nearly lost my life. our convoy was ambushed. that experience, it changed my life, and it basically gave me the foundation that i needed to build wine to water on. you ready for more? >> yes, i would love to have some cab, please. >> some cab, all right. we got our official start in early 2004, and it took five years to get around to four different countries and 25,000 people. wine to water's philosophy is we believe that every single human being on this planet deserves the right to clean drinking water. ♪ came home late that night ♪ because i blackened from the light ♪ >> then in 2009, i was nominated as a cnn hero. >> please join me in honoring cnn hero doc hendley.
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>> since the cnn heroes program in 2009, wine to water has grown exponentially. >> thank you so much for having us here today. it is a blessing. thank you. by 2012, we had expanded to 15 different countries around the world and reached almost a quarter million people. there are times when it's worth fighting for something or to protect something and water is one of those things. my goal by the end of 2014 is to have been able to have reached a million people in this world with clean drinking water.
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>> i've been coming here to uganda in east africa since 2007, which is when wine to water first started its projects here. we work all over uganda. from uganda's capital to the center area, and even north, near the south sudan border. i guess i have always, the at least ten years anyway, viewed east africa almost as a second home to me because of how much i changed as an individual in my time in sudan and darfur and it made such an impact on me. so right here, we're standing over the top of the beginnings of the nile river here in uganda. and it's a little weird to be here because this is the most mighty river in the world. yet the biggest need, the mightiest need for water is also right here in the same country.
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right now there's about one in three wells in uganda that are broken, they're not working. it's really expensive to drill a brand-new well. but for a fraction of the cost, we can go back and rehabilitate some of the older ones and take a step further by teaching some of the locals how to maintain that well. >> clap your hands. >> this school had a well put in quite a few years ago, but it's been broken for some time now. >> this place is called masinport school. >> i met gilbert back in 2007 and he's been helping with our water projects all over uganda,
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including the well rehabilitation. >> you were a teacher here at this school, weren't you. >> yes, i was a teacher here. >> and how many students are here? >> we have 597 pupils, about half of them come back to the school because of the water related problems. >> it's crazy. >> gilbert and i are here to assess the situation and basically get a crew out here to fix it. >> right now we are meeting mohammad. >> mohammad, nice to meet you, i'm doc. >> is there a source nearby that they're actually having to walk to to get the water? >> yes, they get the water from down there in the swamp. when there is no rain, of course, there is no water. do you want to see it, sir? >> yes, i want to check it out. >> this it is here. >> this is where the children are gathering the water from right now? >> yes, this is where we get the water from. >> obviously, this water is not very safe for anyone, but this is the water you have to use? >> yes, this is the water we have to use.
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>> it looks more like the coffee i had this morning for breakfast. is there another place that they can get water once this is empty? >> the children have to move to a nearby water hole which is four kilometers here. >> and then they have to walk back with the water, which is very heavy. another three or four kilometers, so six or seven kilometers all together. to know that for six or seven months these kids have been walking and drinking that garbage water, i just could not believe it. i was shocked. mohammed, can you show me the bore hole? i would like to look at it. a typical bore hole well consists of a series of pipes that run down to an under ground aquifer. the surface is connected by a metal r al rod to a submerged p that lifts clean water out of the pipes and out the spout. obviously, the handle's broken. it does seem like it's losing some pressure and the water is dropping back down the pump, which could be why the handle is broken, because they had to try to pump so much, they were losing the water. there are probably pipes in there that are busted that we can repair.
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>> it would be very good if you can fix it for us and we can get water. >> we'll get the top of the head here, pull the heavy pipes out of the ground, clamp down and then begin to lift everything up. awesome. >> okay. >> don't drop it on my head. i'm the only one not wearing a hat. >> the local people on the ground are amazingly capable. sometimes all they need is a little bit of training. that way when cambodians are getting help, they're seeing their own people come and help them. they're speaking their own language. they're empowered by this and they're thinking, especially the kids, maybe i can do that one day. >> yes! yes, sir!
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>> oh, yeah. ♪ ♪ >> i tell you, it absolutely never gets old. hearing that water gurgle up and see it spew over the top and hear are the kids cheering and seeing smiles on their face. they can wash their hands and drink right there at the school. one of the things i live for, why i absolutely love doing what i do.
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i began traveling when i was younger quite a bit. dropped out of my first semester of college and took off on my motorcycle and lived all across the country. then i began to travel the world a little bit as well before i got into this work. people are what i think make this life worth living. building relationships with different people that i never would have had an opportunity to build a relationship had i not hopped on a plane to go there, hopped on my bike. ♪
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>> right now we are in a village in the north of uganda, and we're outside of a mosque where we're getting ready to finish up a rain water containment system here. it's pretty simple, basically just a big old tank that's able to capture the rain that naturally falls out of the sky. this tank that we're building right now is 16,000 liters and it's going to help 600 people around the community. the people around the huts here are going to have access to water without having to walk to a well or a standing water source. any chance i get, especially when it's a new community and a
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new area, getting to know the head of the village and the people a little bit is important, it's something i enjoy doing when we have the opportunity. this is mohammad who is the spiritual leader for this islamic community here. >> the community will enjoy having the water from the town because we used to keep our water in containers. >> before the community would have to go get the water in the cans and leave it sitting here? >> we can store at least enough water, not only the muslim community, but people all along here will enjoy it. >> thank you for letting us be able to do it. we're excited and we hope the water you help provide is a blessing to you and your community. >> we hope in the future other things we can share together because this world will lead by sharing with others as well. >> of course. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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>> life in uganda is about as simple as it can get. they're living in these round circular huts, the grass thatched roofs that were made by hand with just plastered mud around the outside with these dirt floors. once the sun goes down, that's it. there's no more light. it's time for bed. as the sun comes up, you wake up and the first thing you do, where am i going to get my water for the day? today, we're bringing a filter to a small village, to a family here. these things are not light, that's for sure. >> no, it's not. a filter is basically just a water filter. it's a big old thing that holds sand and gravel and you can take dirty water, you pour it in the top, and out of the nozzle on the front comes clean water. this looks pretty good.
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>> hi, how are you? >> i'm okay. your name is doc? my name is jaz. >> nice to meet you. sarah? nice to meet you, sarah. >> has she been having any stomach problems from the water? >> at first, we were having a stomach problem. we tried to buy some medicine, but we don't know what's going on. >> okay. so you haven't been able to get the medicine? >> yeah. >> oh, man. >> when i first got into this work, it was all kind of confusing to me a little bit, like how is it that water is killing so many people? after doing a little bit of digging and some research, i found that it's basically diarrheal disease. the amoebas or bacteria in the water. what comes from that is ultimately dehydration. for a young child, if they have diarrhea for two, three days. that's it. their bodies are too weak to experience that kind of dehydration.
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>> here's your filter. we're really excited to have the opportunity to talk to you about it today, tell you how it works. right here is how your filter looks like if we were to cut it to see inside of it. the first layer is standing water that's on top of the layer of sand here. that layer is very, very important because that's where the good bacteria lives. so there's good bacteria in the water that will eat the bad bacteria that's causing her to get sick. if we don't teach them the basic way to maintain the filters or give them a strong desire to maintain it, the projects fail and the water fails. >> this is meant for storage. >> this stays clean because the water coming out is clean. it's very important we keep this container clean as well. >> okay. >> let's fill this up and get it working. doing something as simple as providing a bison filter for a home, they're able to be a lot more productive. they get more done. the kids are in school more.
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it's not just about the clean water, it's the overall improvement of life that happens when you bring a family something as simple as a bison filter. back home in the states, there's a lot of people that are kind of like, what do you do? you clean water? a lot of people can't quite wrap around the concept that there's such a huge need for it. as a western society, we have no idea what it's like to have to walk four or five hours to gain access to water. i started to realize that we as human beings, we help with what we can empathize with. so a lot of times i'm trying to educate people back home just on that simple fact as well. it's not always easy to get people to understand this. but i'm not going to give up. owu
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right now there's almost 200,000 refugees in uganda. they're coming from countries all around uganda, but the majority are coming right from kamango.
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>> there's so many refugees that are fleeing the fighting, camps are overrun. at a refugee camp, they don't speak the same language as the people that are even running it. they're given some little space in some side of the tent. their number one need before food, before medical is going to be water. these people, their whole lives have been turned completely upside down. they have no idea if and when they'll ever get to go back home.
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the biggest population of the refugee camp by far is children. i have a 5 and a 3-year-old, i can't imagine what it would be like to have to put my children in this situation. we have got people that are living on top of each other, almost literally. the sanitation situation is not going good, all the human waste and stuff like that, and rain happens and it all washes down to drinking water. all that stuff together, it's enough to make a grown person completely sick, but a small child, especially under the age of 5, they're by far the most at risk. do this one like this. there's so many hard things that the refugee has to deal with. but a lot of it is just the unknown. >> my name is lucy beck, i'm the associate external relations officer for the u.n. refugee agency in uganda.
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>> we're supposed to only have a capacity of about 12,000 in this camperi camp, right? seems like there's quite a bit more than that right now. >> as of last night, we have close to 20,000. that's nearly twice as many as we should be holding. >> you're calling this camp a transit center, because you're not wanting the people to stay for a long, long period of time? >> the idea of a transit center it's somewhere relatively close to border where people arrive first and get the basic services, so water, health, and shelter, and then they move on to one of our settlements where they get land and help with their livelihoods and help people build their own homes. idealey here, people will only stay for two to three weeks, maybe. when we first arrived, this was the first area that we set services up. this is where the first people to relocate to the settlement will come from. >> even though the camp is kind of overpopulated, and there's a lot of people, i'm really impressed with how things are going.
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there are many different styles of water filters that we work with, but this is the perfect filter for a crisis situation or a refugee situation like what's going on in western uganda. they're very light weight and they're very portable. but they're very efficient at cleaning up the water. >> there's going to be 100 heads of the household and those 100 people are going to receive their filter and also training and enlicatiducation on how to t filter. >> paul, i need you to find the dirtiest water in the camp. >> i basically build relationships with people on the ground. these are the guys with the refugees. what is your -- >> hezekiah. >> glad to meet you in person. >> all three are currently refugees who also spent time in camps years ago, so they can relate directly to what these people's needs are. we have one day, guys.
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are you ready? >> i left the republic of congo in twount 22002 because of war conflicts so i decided to come here to uganda and become part of the refugees. >> we have some water here for you. will you take this water? >> thank you guys for coming today. i wanted to explain to you the water filter that we're using that you're going to be taking with you. there may be some places in the camps you're going with the water you have to get may look like this. it's going to be dirty. we're going to do a quick demonstration and show you what the filter is able to do and we'll teach you how to use it and maintain it because the filters if used properly, will last you for the next ten years. >> sawyer filter is a small
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filter that will fit on the end of a five gallon bucket. basically the water passes through a membrane that has tiny, tiny porous holes in it and is able to capture 99.9% of all of the contaminants. [ applause ] so i know a lot of you are going to be leaving to the settlement camp and so those of you that are leaving, we wanted each one of you to get one of these filters and we're also going to be going back and making sure we bring more filters so everyone else in the camp can also have the same filters that you have as well. that's it. they're very simple. >> did you get it? these people are, they're just trying to survive today, they're just trying to make it until tomorrow. we can cover 100 families, which is about 1,000 people. so that's 5% of the population that needs these filters.
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i have two sons, beatty who's 5 years old and justin who's 3 years old. >> justice, are you hungry? st starving? >> my wife's name is amber. she's been such a huge encouragement for me. >> mommy, is it tuesday? >> just about. >> we always do breakfast, always try to spend as much time as we can as family. >> what do i have here? what do i have here? >> absolutely love wine to water, but i have known since i have been married to amber and my kids, they're the most important thing in my world. father, thank you for all your blessings, amen. >> amen. let's haeat. all right. >> who wants biscuits and gravy? >> me. >> all right. something as simple as breakfast together on sunday morning, just those simple things. i feel like i'm the happiest man
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in the world. >> you boys want to go on an airplane. you want to go with daddy on the next trip? >> a lot times i feel like i'm a single mom. and it gets lonely, but i know it's worth it because that's what makes a difference in the world. >> i'm watching. >> he has such a big heart. all he wants to do is help these people that have nothing. >> there you go. good job, beatty. >> i wouldn't want it any other way, i want my kids to see that, and i want my kids to grow up with that type of love and passion. >> i missed a lot of things that a father's not supposed to miss. good job. beatty will be starting school soon. i'll be out of the country, in the amazon for the first days of school. it's hard to put in words. the feeling i have towards them, the amount of love. amber always has this one saying she tells me over and over.
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it's not inquantity of time. it's the quality of time. >> leaving my family at home will never be easy. but i have got work to do. the best way for wine to water to reach more people and expand is to go there in person to find and develop new partnerships. i was recently put in touch with a small well drilling organization in colombia and it seems promising, so i'm off. i just arrived at a small town called meticiae in colombia. it's deep in the jungles right along the borders of peru and brazil. this right now is the 16th country for wine to water. i already feel a special connection to the people here because everybody is riding a motorcycle.
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just a little minimetropolis in the middle of the amazon jungle. a lot of cities here are quite developed and they don't have a lot of the third world or developing style issues. however in a jungle, there is still quite a few communities that are lacking basic resources such as clean drinking water. to me, one of my favorite things to do is to go into a new country for the very first time, to get on the ground, not really know what's going to happen, you know, that unknown newness is something i actually really look forward to. hey. how are you? >> good to see you. >> you look a little different than you do on skype. >> you do too, you look skinnier. >> gonzalez the founder and director of a local columbian organization that has access to a drilling musmeen. i'm excited to have the opportunity to meet with him and get to know him and see if this
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partnership is something that can work out. are you from here originally? >> i was born in a town in the amazon, but i moved here in 1990, about 23 years ago. >> the very first thing that i look for in any type of partnership is trust. and the second thing is a like minded vision. >> when did you come up with the name? >> we are bringing water to people, right? water also means life. >> so you're bringing physical clean water and helping physical lives and also trying to help with spiritual water that spiritualizes? >> yes. >> very cool. how many wells have you drilled? with the rig? >> about 24, maybe. about 80%, i find water. >> i would love to check out the rig and see what's going on with it. what have you had problems with. >> sounds like a plan. >> very cool, man.
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>> we drill wells in southeast asia, we drill wells in southeast africa, and hopefully we'll drill in the amazon. it's not quite as deep, so hopefully we'll be able to do a lot more with a lot less. the machine that we got is fairly stout, it's just completely a rotary machine, which is fine for what we're using it for. >> good to go. >> okay, go. >> i love that sound. okay. >> it was definitely a relief to actually get that engine running. he told me about a couple of small issues that we may deal
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right when you get out the city just a little bit, it definitely feels like you're absolutely in the middle of nowhere. we are heading up the river to a little village which actually translates directly into the miraculous or the miracle. we have got the amazon river and all these tributaries that are leading into the amazon river, so there's water all over the place, but that water is absolutely filthy, they're bathing, they're washing their dishes, a lot of times using the rest room all right there in the same water source, and that's the thing that's causing them to get sick. >> welcome to the amazon mud. we are going to meet the village leader. >> yes, they elect every four years.
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this is doc hendley. >> this is luis. >> very nice to meet you both. [ speaking in native language ] >> okay, great. >> we hope to hit water. the people hope we hit water. but we're not sure, so we can't make any promises so all it is right now is we're going to try our best. this place probably floods pretty good because all the houses are on stilts. >> this is the way we have to do it here. >> how much of the year is it under water? >> about three or four months. >> wow. >> when that happens, they
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basically, the kids, they walk out their door and they have to hop in a canoe to go to school. >> yeah, and to come home. >> another source of water like when there's no rain, this is a main source of water. for everybody. >> oh, wow. >> the dogs even go there and drink that water. >> it already look pretty nasty to me. >> uh-huh, it's pretty bad. >> did they tell you a place that they would like to have the well? >> we decided this would be the best place, right there. >> x marks the spot right there. i like it. >> this is my first time to the amazon jungle and it's hot. i tell you. and you think about these folks, they probably have to come down to this river a lot, because they're in this heat every day and they got to get a lot of water to keep hydrated.
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by drilling a well, we're able to hit aquafir for clean water. that's going to prevent people from having to boil their water over and over and cut down trees and get them sick. >> the main challenge right now is, we can't even crank up the drill machine until we have a constant flow of water to force in that hole. everything okay? so this was the end, but this one i couldn't find anything to attach to it. these hoses have to be pretty heavy duty so they probably have to go to the market and buy what used ones they can find. the problem is the connections are all different. it's like a big puzzle. so right now, sometimes it can be four to six hours for them, they say, just to set up before they can even start drilling. if we can work together and help work on systems, maybe we can shrink that down to an hour, two hours time. also equipment, anything that's
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not working properly, equipment. the engine ran fine, what yit sounded like starting up, but you don't know what the problems are to it. we were able to get the water fairly close. we got to have people carrying the water by hand. that's a lot of hard work and the fact that they're willing to do this all day long in this oppressive heat that we got going on here, is showing us that they really want this. they really want this well. all right, let's get this drill rolling. when you're digging a well, the two biggest problems that we have is actually reaching that
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aquafir, and the other one is basically equipment. a drilling rig forces a series of pipes into the ground with a drill bit secured on the end. water is pumped into the bore hole through the pipes so that the sand and dirt that is loosened by the drill are forced out of bore hole. creating space to continue drilling. pipes are added one by one until the aquafir is reached. >> our bit is completely buried. >> when you're changing a pipe over or for a minute you stop forcing water into the hole that hole can completely collapse on itself. so right now we have got a drill bit and 50 feet of pipe stuck in
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and about 50 feet of pipe stuck in the ground. a place like this, we're right near the edges of a river, so any time you got sandy soil, you got the problem of it collapsing in on itself. we have to try to get it out. if we can't, it stays in the ground. let's move some dirt first, get some of the weight off. okay, let's do it. problems happen and they happen quite often. and so you have to figure out how to get around those problems and to keep pushing forward. >> gonzalo had a great idea to take forced water, and slowly, slowly pound the sand from the top down. so it's almost like redrilling a smaller hole right next to the hole we already drilled. >> we have to have water coming out. >> i have seen wells collapse on themselves. a lot of that is just lack of training. when you switch a pipe, you got to do it quickly, because every second you're not forcing water into the bottom, that's a second
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that the sand could be collapsing on your bit and your pipes. whooo! >> we got the bit and the pipes free. hopefully we can work fast and keep the bit moving and water flowing so it won't happen again. >> go down, go down. yeah! even though it's prettyilate, we have to put the casing in as fast as we can and keep the hole from collapsing.
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>> the main reason why we have picked this village to work in is because it's basically a community that has the most need right now in this area for clean water. agua! agua! agua! agua! agua! agua!
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agua! agua! >> we were able to get water to come out of the well, now we have got it falling out of the sky. this has definitely been a success. >> the journey here in colombia has been absolutely awesome. i believe we do have a new really strong partnership here with gonzalo in colombia now. i think what the true meaning of life is trying to figure out how to not just serve yourself all the time but figure out how to serve others, how to serve your family, how to serve your
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community and also people around the world. in the end, for me, i definitely want to be able to provide as much clean water for as many people as i can around the world. but at the same time, i hope that i'm able to inspire people that are afraid to take that first step of something they have really wanted to do, but maybe they don't feel like they have what it takes. you can be an everyday individual and you really truly can change the world. all right, now what next? for more information and donations, please go to >> here's a good spot. >> okay, come here, justice. ree reel, reel, reel. >> all right. >> that's good. this is a monster.
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oh! want to pet it? >> yeah. >> okay. you got to let him back quick, though. tonight a special holiday event, was the christmas star real? >> there was extraordinary activity in the skies. >> did noah's flood happen? >> the land that went under stayed under. >> where is the garden of eden? >> figure out where all four rivers are, then you've got the location. >> come along on an epic journey around the world and across time with christiane amanpour. >> oh, my gosh. >> a war correspondent who has seen everything that tears us apart. searches for what unites us. the danger is real. >> our guide is carrying a gun. >> and so are the discoveries. >> look at this, guys.


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