Generous Friends Build Five Waqf Wells to Reduce Water Problems in Rakhine

Generous Friends constructed five waqf wells for Rohingya internally displaced in Sittwe, Rakhine, Myanmar. It was an effort to address the long-standing clean water crisis that has plagued refugees.

Rohingya IDPs
The joy of Rakhine's Rohingya IDPs in welcoming the new Waqf Well. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SITTWE – Aksi Cepat Tanggap constructed Waqf Wells for internally displaced Rohingya in Sittwe City, Rakhine, Myanmar. Generous friends donated these waqf wells to help the IDPs solve their long-standing water problems.

According to Firdaus Guritno of ACT's Global Humanity Network (GHN) team, the IDPs were enthusiastic when the ACT team arrived in their area. These Waqf Wells aided 750 IDPs, and the team constructed them in several villages throughout Sittwe.

"The construction project began in April and was completed in mid-May. Locals were also involved in the construction process. The locals were delighted when the well was completed. They rejoiced that they no longer had to walk far to get water," said Firdaus on Monday (5/23/2022).

Water is not just about meeting the needs of the Rohingya population. Water is also support for their worship, including ablution. As a result, clean water sources are critical amid their humanitarian crisis.

The water crisis has been a long-standing issue for Rohingya IDPs in Myanmar. They had to walk quite a distance to get to a nearby river's water source. However, it is not uncommon for the water they receive to be dirty and cloudy river water.

According to data obtained by GHN-ACT, six Rohingya children died from diarrhea last year. The six children are known to frequently drink cloudy water. []