Waqf Well Becomes a Thirst Reliever amid Somali Drought

Somalia has been suffering from a severe drought for nearly two years. Many times, the rainy season has failed. Hundreds of Somalis now rely on the Waqf wells for drinking water.

Waqf Well
Generous Friends build Waqf Well in Gubadley Village, Banaadir, Somalia. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANAADIR – Droughts tend to come and go. However, the dry season has been ongoing in the Horn of Africa, including Somalia, for nearly two years. Somalia experienced a bad rainy season three times in a row. Water that should have fallen during the rainy season did not fall on Somalia, exacerbating the country's already dire drought.

Somalia has endured its third consecutive poor rain season since late 2020, according to the Drought Bulletin issued by FAO’s Somalia Water and Land Information Management (FAO SWALIM) Unit in Mogadishu yesterday. The southern regions of Somalia are now enduring severe drought, while the north-eastern regions of the country are facing a widespread moderate drought. The severe drought conditions come at a time when an estimated 3.5 million Somalis already face acute food insecurity, and the number of severely malnourished children is also on the rise.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed the donors' funds to construct Waqf Wells in Somalia. In early May, the team completed one Waqf Well unit in Gubadley Village, Banaadir City.

According to Firdaus Guritno of ACT's Global Humanity Network team, the Banaadir area is one of Somalia's southern regions, bordering Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, and the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, the village is home to approximately 50 families, totaling 300 people. Most of them are poor IDPs who have been severely impacted by the drought.

"The southern region is the most affected by the drought while also hosting an increasing number of IDPs. There are insufficient wells to meet the basic water and sanitation requirements. Women and girls are typically in charge of gathering water from distant sources," Firdaus stated on Wednesday (5/18/2022).

This waqf well can drain thousands of liters of water per day, meeting the residents of Gubadley Village's basic needs for sanitation and consumption.

"Water is essential to all living things. Insha Allah, this waqf well will be a blessing for our Somali brothers and sisters," Firdaus concluded. []