All narrators mention a crippling lack of water. Drought periods are increasing, so crop yields are declining. Collecting water for drinking and domestic use is extremely time-consuming, and the poor quality is a major concern.
Utrina says she can spend “seven hours a day” just collecting water.
Anna has lost two children to ‘vomiting’ and feels unsafe water is at the heart of the increased ill-health in her community. At times, she says, “we have to beg for water from those that have it…”.
Edward tells how the government’s construction of a dam has brought some improvement to local lives.
Warren emphasises how “at risk” his community is to water-borne disease.