Solving Rohingya Water Crisis, Global Wakaf-ACT Builds Eight Waqf Wells

Eight Waqf Wells were constructed for Rohingya IDPs in Sittwe, Rakhine, Myanmar to solve the water crisis which has long shackled the Rohingyas.

Solving Rohingya Water Crisis.
The Rohingyas happily welcome the new Waqf Well in their area. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SITTWE – Other Waqf Wells have been constructed again for Rohingya IDPs in Sittwe City, Rakhine, Myanmar. A total of eight wells were provided by Indonesian waqifs to solve the water crisis faced by the Rohingyas.

The water crisis has indeed been a problem that has befallen the Rohingyas in Myanmar for years. They had to walk quite a distance to get to a water source in a nearby river. However, oftentimes, the water they got is not clean water, but river water with a cloudy color.

Therefore, the Rohingyas were very happy when Global Wakaf-ACT team came to their area to build some wells. At least, 1,200 IDPs were assisted by the Waqf Wells which were built in the U Yin Thar Village.

“The construction took times around two weeks since early August that also involved the locals. They celebrated the wells because they no longer had to walk far to get water," said Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, Saturday (8/28/2021).

Furthermore, Firdaus explained that the type of the constructed wells is pumped well. However, because the groundwater will slowly dry up and run out, these wells also require to be renewed in the next few years. The wells will be moved to other locations that may have a water supply to meet the needs of the refugees.

"For them, water is not only for bathing, cooking, or drinking but also for worship since they are Muslims who use running water for ablution. Therefore, the Waqf Well program in Rakhine, Myanmar is a program that we hold almost every year," explained Firdaus.[]