What Clean Water Means to Impoverished Yemeni Families

For the people of Yemen, access to adequate clean water can prevent the spread of many diseases.

Yemeni residents line up to get clean water. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TAIZ - The conflict in Yemen has caused suffering among the people of Yemen. Their suffering is exacerbated by the lack of clean water that leads to terrible sanitation.

According to World Bank’s Yemen Poverty Notes published in 2017, the water scarcity is exacerbated by the lack of governance and any regulatory mechanism to support an enforceable system to allocate water resources efficiently. Making matters worse, the availability of renewable water is declining. Annual per capita renewable water resources decreased from 221 m3 in 1992 to only 80 m3 in 2014.

To ease this problem, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) regularly distributes clean water to the people of Yemen. The beneficiaries of the recent clean water distribution were poor families and orphans in war-affected cities, such as Taiz.

Said Mukaffiy from the ACT’s Global Humanity Response explained that clean water distribution played a very important role in helping the community. One of the benefits of access to clean water is the prevention of disease outbreaks such as cholera and diarrhea.

"Insha Allah, the distribution of clean water will continue until April, in the month of Ramadan. For the first month, we aim to benefit 108 thousand people with a total amount of 540,000 liters of water to be distributed," he said.

The distribution locations will include other areas: Qaheria District with 36,000 recipients, Mudhafier District with 36,000 recipients, and Sala District with 36,000 recipients. Those who are willing to help can visit Indonesia Dermawan website. []