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Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM.

Doc Hendley, a small-town bartender, loved his Harley, music and booze.

That was before he learned about the world’s water crisis, after which he decided to host a few fundraisers.

His involvement in the cause deepened, and travels led him to chaotic, dangerous Darfur, Sudan, where the government wiped out villages with state-sponsored genocide, using water as a chief weapon. By dumping corpses in wells and shooting up water bladders, Janjaweed terrorists doomed hundreds of thousands of citizens to dehydration and disease.

Hendley, at 25 years old, was inexperienced, untrained and in constant danger — but he stepped up to save lives.

His efforts included begging international agencies for funding, dodging trigger-happy Janjaweed, and drilling and repairing wells to give drinking water to those who desperately needed it.

Here is a gripping story of how an ordinary person can make a difference.

See for more information about Hendley’s ongoing efforts to provide safe drinking water to 1 billion people who lack it.

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