The Need for Clean Water in the Heat of Rakhine

The prolonged summer makes the Rohingya internally displaced people (IDP) in Sittwe City suffer from water shortage. The situation is harder for the Rohingyas as the water sources are often located far away from their settlements.

A Rohingya child drinking water. (Twitter / @ UNICEF)

ACTNews, SITTWE – Amid the humanitarian crisis, Rohingya IDP in the city of Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, have been suffering from water shortage.

 "They are in dire need of clean water and must take clean water in places quite far away from their settlements," said Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response – Aksi Cepat Tangga on Monday (6/22).

In long summers, the water crisis often becomes more difficult for them. In June 2019 for example, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that almost all rainwater storage ponds were empty. More than fifty villages suffered from water scarcity at the time, according to the Rakhine State Rural Development Department.

Some residents praying together in front of the newly built Waqf Well. (ACTNews)

To overcome this problem, Global Wakaf - ACT built Waqf Wells at four points in Sittwe. The four Waqf Wells were built in Bar Bu Kan Village, Thek Kay Pyin Village, and U Yin Thar Village.

"Alhamdulillah, the construction of the four Waqf Wells only took only 6 days, from June 4 to June 10. These Waqf Wells can meet the water needs of up to 550 people or 80 households," Firdaus explained.

However, these Waqf Wells are still not enough to fulfill the IDP’s need for water. Firdaus stated that there are approximately thousands of IDP who need clean water for their daily activities.

"For example, in the Bar Bu Kan village, there are 1,180 families who need clean water, but only 4 wells are available. Likewise, there are only four wells for 3,000 families in Thek Kay Pyin. In U Yin Thar, 2,600 residents must rely on 3 water wells," he described.

Therefore, Firdaus also invited the community to continue to assist the Rohingyas. "We hope that they can get through the difficulties, Insha Allah, until everything gets back to normal. May our assistance be useful for them," he hoped. []