REPORT :- Hadaftimo (Thirsty City)
November 11, 2005

Total water use in Hadaftimo City for the last sixty years has been determined from domestic (self-supplied) water consumption, which is always very scarce and expensive to buy it. People in the city have a hard time of getting drinking, and cooking water where all the other water withdrawals from wells or reservoirs for the livestock, public supply, and irrigation do not exist at all.

There are no local city departments in Hadaftimo that has planned or managed to withdraw ground water for public uses, such as delivering water to homes, businesses and animal drinks. People in Hadaftimo depend on little rainy seasonal water than on any ground water. The huge problem is that the domestic water source itself also depends on seasonal rains that the region gets occasionally twice each year.

I think we could equally be faulted that a city of more than 20 thousands of people is thirsty for more than sixty years( since its existence). The key point was that nobody has paid any attention for the city's lack of running water.

We all know it often takes more work and costs more to access ground water as compared to surface water, but Hadaftimo , a city of 20 thousand located Eastern Part of Somalia has no rivers, streams, creeks, and lakes which are vitally important to people's everyday life. Due to that there is no surface water available in the whole region; ground water can supply the water needs for Hadaftimo residents.

Many cities in Somalia got water drilling rigs from the international communities and their NGO's operating in Somalia and even more often during the time when there was turmoil in Somalia due to the efforts of the locals who knocked all the avenues to obtain running water to their cities and communities. This could help sustain the availability of water for domestic and public use, followed by irrigation, agriculture and livestock uses which could enhance the city's economy and its environmental protection.

Deforestation totally took place in Hadaftimo whereby all the bushes that used to surround the city disappeared years ago. Domestic (self-supplied) water use is almost and exclusively a method people find very expensive and apparently unclean water, of which 65% of the population can not afford to buy it.

While not claiming to be either a doctor or a scientist, but then I have no doubt in my mind that the cause of many deaths in the city of Hadaftimo are caused by water related diseases, since there is no water treatment facility or water boiling advisory systems available in the whole region.

Followed my recent trip from the region I came into a conclusion that the people in Hadaftimo has no means(Technology, and money)to drill and install water-drilling rigs in their city. My aim of writing this letter is to help promote collaborations between people in Hadaftimo , their brethren in Diaspora and NGO'S throughout the world, so that together we can help to give water to people in Hadafimo right now, and it's future generations.

Therefore, and in this situation; I am here advising that any organization or person that is willing to help to stop Hadaftimo's water shortage could contact Horn Relief's Executive Director Fatima Jibrell , who was one of eight 2002 winners of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

Prepared by: Mahdi AliAyan Abdi

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