“The main reason of poverty in Africa is the lack of access to clean, safe water and proper sanitation”
AFRICAN WOMEN AND ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
Epidemic in Africa is due to a number of reasons. These reasons vary from political instability, ethnic conflicts to climate changes.
Africa is a continent most affected by climate change. It is a continent that contributes very little to the production of greenhouse gases. Hence, a main reason for poverty. Living conditions are becoming difficult for the people in Africa especially those in rural areas. Consequently, for African women and children especially; the problem of water crisis is real.
FINDING WATER COSTS TIME AND EXTRA EFFORT IN AFRICA
Many able-bodied individuals of a community are compelled to spend hours each day merely obtaining and transporting water. This is due to dirty water sources that are often kilometers away from towns. The jerry can is commonly used in Africa for water collection. It weighs about 40 pounds when fully loaded.
Consider what it would be like to carry the equivalent of a 5-year-old child for three hours each day. Also, some women carry considerably more, with a barrel on their back weighing up to 70 pounds. Quite demanding, isn’t it?
VOICES OF NJORO VILLAGE ON THE WATER PUZZLE
Water shortage is the major problem in the Njoro village, Tanzania. The issue affecting every minute of peoples life’s, especially; the life of African women because they walk long distances every day in search of water and yet access to clean and safe water is a challenge.
STORY OF ASHURA – AN AFRICAN WOMAN
Ashura is a resident of Njoro village and HER WORDS had the opportunity to interview her. We listened to her and understood the plight of her, and also the other women on the issue of accessing clean water.
“They walk long distances in search of water and yet the water is not safe to drink, but since they do not have an option they use same unclean water for drinking and cooking”
In fact, HERWORDS observed the situation and it was much worse, indeed. As the above picture shows that this is the water, the residents of the Njoro village are using. Obviously, it is unclean and unhygienic. Therefore, it is not suitable for drinking or cooking.
Ashura further mentioned:
“Sometimes due to long distance in searching for water you may come across wild animals while being on the journey, and even be raped. Even though no one has been raped who I know, but those stories exist.”
Furthermore, according to her statement, African women are the ones who are most affected by this issue compared to men. The contaminated water caused diarrheal diseases and typhoid, as Ashura acknowledged, she sad:
“It often happens that children get diarrhea. The treatment costs a lot of money and time to recover”
On the whole, the voices of these women need to be heard, reaching every corner of the globe so that they can be helped at the earliest.
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