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2006.12.27
Women in the peri-urban slums pump water, a plentiful resource in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but clean water is hard to come by here, especially outside of the cities. At current rates of progress, the seventh Millennium Development Goal – to halve the amount of people depending on dirty water – will not be met here. Dirty water is a killer, especially for children. Robert Masungu (Speaking in French), community educator: “Dirty water is a vector for all kinds of diseases for all children. That is why drinking water is vitally important for children. Because children can get worms and diarrhea easily. That is why it is indispensable.” Indispensable, but often unavailable. The perfect solution is still being sought. Though this pump is famous for its simplicity, it requires maintenance and paperwork. Families must pay the price of a coke each month to keep it running and they are often unwilling. So many people pass right by this pump to a dirty water source nearby. They say it is a matter of choice. Musbiya Mbaya (Speaking in Lingala): “Money is a factor, but there is also the fact that at the other side that water is low and sometimes you have to wait two hours before you can get water from there.” The water source here is clean; it is the people that dirty it. So UNICEF is building the simplest form of protected water source. It works using gravity and requires little maintenance. And once the water is used, it irrigates a field. There is a long way to go to tap into existing water here for children, but hopefully the DR Congo is stepping in the right direction. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, this is David McKenzie reporting for UNICEF. UNITE FOR CHILDREN
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