The maladies of water in Sub-Saharan Africa

I don’t think any of us can imagine not having clean drinking water one day or wonder how they will manage to secure some water tomorrow.

But if you live in Sub – Saharan Africa, you must think about that, because according to United Nations World Water Development Report, the majority of the population doesn’t have access to clean water, while in the whole continent hundreds of people are in danger due to the lack of clean drinking water.

And this is only one of many problems. Of course, in this area, people suffer from extreme poverty and high unemployment rates. But now we will only talk about water, since it is something that everyone can find very easily, unless they are in Sub – Saharan Africa.

Let’s talk about wealthy countries. Billions of dollars are being spent annually on manufacturing and purchasing of guns and research on nuclear weapons in the name of defence and protection of states against their enemies.

So, imagine that there are people dying from the inability to have the simplest thing, water. At the same time, enormous amounts of money are being spent on guns that kill innocent people.

If you search on the internet, you won’t find a lot about this issue, while if a famous person or a popular artist gets sick, the most important newspapers of the world are writing about it. I don’t know how we have reached this point of inhumanity and insensitivity towards others.

The countries of Sub – Saharan Africa suffer from many problems, like hunger, poverty, unemployment and most of all, government corruption. Let’s not allow them to be deprived of the simplest thing, water. Access to water and hygiene are internationally recognized human rights. We must always remember that this land is very beautiful.

Just help each other and be compassionate to other people! By doing this life will be more beautiful.


* This article has been published in issue #23 of “Migratory Birds” newspaper, which was released as an annex with “Efimerida ton Syntakton” newspaper (Newspaper of the Editors) on November 20th 2021.

Hassan Ali

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