The village has possibility of water catchment nearby, but how can the poor nomadic Maasai approach that? Itâ€™s very dust in the middle of nowhereâ€¦the vast land of Maasai in Tanzania. The water problem in Africa is perhaps the continuity social toucher among the societies. Its very acute and complex among the rural dwellers. As we are now facing the global warming, this is gong to be probably more striking death toll. My travel around Tanzania in June last year has the remarkable changes of weather and its effects. I have been shocked as even wildlife now are facing difficulty.
Water stress has kept Maasai tribes in Tanzania to continue living their nomadic life which has the greatest impact on their development. There has been rising of awareness about water problems in Tanzania but the solution hasnâ€™t been to some places where I have been passing during my adventure travel.
However the government can say they are doing great work asking Maasai to stop their nomadic life and living in bushes .Their ancient home where they have been living since their grandparentâ€™s times. Traveling across Maasai village in Tanzania you will notice how the area is totally dry. The young boys, girls, women and old mans are waiting along the road for tourists cars to begg them water for drinking. Its really frustrating and exosting task for them but there is no way to escape that. Living at the foothill of mountain Kilimanjaro, I have never seen anybody begging for water. We have plentiful of waterâ€¦clean water. Water enough for both of us and animals. In this cases its difficult for most of people here to know if we ever have people with water problems.
The Maasai! They have to walk over hundred Kilometer every day to go for water. Itâ€™s the job mostly performed by the women. They need to wake up early morning to avoid the hot weather and dehydration. Walking hundreds kilometer for contaminated water is still unclear to somebody mind but for Maasai itâ€™s the way of surviving. The contaminated water with animal feces, mosquito eggs is pretty disgusting. The answer why all this happening was because, there is no any alternative..and they have been drinking this water. This is an answer from the Maasai warrior as he is immune, but what about the young kids? Waterborne diseases has the result of contaminated water has a remarkable impact on a Maasai child. The death is inevitable and womenâ€™s struggle to protect their babies has less impact.
After the years of seeing the struggles of Maasai and water, I and my friends from Norway we planned to stay at one of the village at the foothill of volcanic mountain in Tanzania. We were well prepared with enough water for a month stay.
The day I decided to drive my land cruiser to see if I could find clean water to supply for entire village, about 200km around in the bush still we had no sign of clean water stream. The water quality is still a big problem among the Maasai and cause severe death among the tribes. We collected enough data during our stay and only thing I have decided to do is to seek people around the globe who can supply water purification till we get solution on drilling the water enough for the village.
Do you like drinking water?