Waqf Well; an Effort to Overcome Prolonged Crisis in Yemen

Dirty water consumption among the Yemenis has caused a surging cholera outbreak in Yemen.

Water crisis in Yemen.
Yemeni children are very enthusiastic when enjoying the clean water from Waqf Well. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ABYAN – At the end of August, two Waqf Wells were constructed in Abyan District, Yemen. The wells that were built with 25 meters depth are funded by Indonesian waqifs and are expected to solve the clean water crisis as well as the outbreak of waterborne diseases.

“Both wells have started their construction last July. The action is ACT’s and the benefactors’ effort to reduce the waterborne disease outbreak. At least, the two wells can fulfill the needs of 5,000 Yemenis in Abyan District,” said Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response, Wednesday (9/15/2021).

Furthermore, Firdaus explains that aside from consumption, the Waqf Wells can also be used for ablution since the water will be connected with pipelines to the faucets facilitated by ACT team.

“The Waqf Wells also provide protection for the Yemenis since they no longer need to walk far away to the water source while being threatened by extremists attacks,” explained Firdaus.

Yemen, as one of the Arabian peninsulae, is known to have long been a region suffering from water scarcity. The six-year conflict has caused a severe impact on water infrastructure in the country of about 555,000 square kilometers. Approximately, 18 million Yemenis are in dire need of clean water and access to adequate sanitation services.

For some Yemenis who are well-off, they can buy the water from some private companies at an absolutely expensive price while other millions of them have no other choice but to rely on polluted water sources. Every day, there are millions of Yemenis who use dirty water for their daily needs including for consumption.

This is of course very dangerous. Dirty water contains many bacteria that can trigger various waterborne diseases. Based on data from the United Nations (UN), a cholera outbreak caused by a bacterial infection called Vibrio cholerae, has spread throughout Yemen. Cholera causes the sufferers to experience severe diarrhea and dehydration. The United Nations says there have been more than one million cases of suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhea with more than 2,200 associated deaths, thus, cholera couldn’t have come at a worse time for the children of Yemen.[]