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Asha Abdi Omar, a mother of eight children, has lost many of the goats she depends on for a living to drought and is now struggling with water shortage in a village in southern Somalia’s Bakool region.


She moved to Harhoday village in Rabdhure district desperate to find water, but was disappointed.

“There is nothing worse than thirst. We used to herd our goats in the rural area but the drought forced us to move here to get water, although the pond we came here for is now dry. The nearest safe water well is called Laas Macaan and it’s 15 kilometres from here. We don’t have any transport to get there,” she said.

Asha said they don’t get enough water to drink and her children are suffering. Nearby there is only a salty water well that makes even the livestock sick when they drink from it.

“We are informing the world that we are thirsty and we don’t have safe water to drink. Our top priority is getting safe drinking water.
I am even finding it hard to move my tongue because of thirst!” Asha declared.

No Rain for Years
There has been no rain in the area for a long time and the soil is dusty. About half the residents have donkeys to use to transport water from the well. The rest of them, like Asha, have the option to buy from motorcycles that bring water from the well to sell in Harhoday for $10 per 20 litre jerry can.

Asha, a single parent, cannot afford to buy water at such prices and knows it’s hard for her neighbours to help her as their donkeys can only transport a few jerry cans at a time.

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