- Even it Up
“If I go into describing the suffering I encountered searching for water in Dela, I will go on and on. I can remember when my children fainted out of thirst and I was forced to look for water as far as Abdi Waqo, which is 18km away.”
Fatuma Abdi is a mother of seven. The town of Dela, in northern Kenya, where she lives has a population of more than ten thousand. It regularly suffers prolonged droughts; Fatuma has lived all her life in this small town where clean water was a gold dust and searching for it was a full time job.
“The whole village depended on water boozers which arrived once a week. This caused the residents to scramble for water and dry it to the last drop.”
“I was using twenty liters of water for a week. As we were mostly using it for drinking, there would be no water remaining to cook or to wash our clothes.”
Oxfam supported the construction of water equipment in Dela. Fatuma says that she no longer has to worry about water: “With two boreholes, water points and water tanks in the town I am able to get as much water as I want. I can wash my clothes and even water crops that I have grown around my house.”
Photo: Benson Guantai/Oxfam
We live in a world where a select few have more money than they could spend in several lifetimes, while millions of people around the world struggle to have access to food and water or send their children to school. Join Oxfam’s Even It Up campaign, to call on world leaders to end extreme inequality.
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