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Olivia Arthur - AFRICA. Water Aid. 2008.
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008Eid in Amuria in 2008. The Acam family break their fast at sunset with tea, yams and bean stew.
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008In 2008 the St John Catholic Church was mid-way through construction. While the services took place in a simple thatched building next door, the priest held confession in the semi-constructed church.
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008Amuria suffered a flood in July 2007 that killed hundreds of people and destroyed crops, homes and livelihoods. Temporary boreholes were put in at the time to provide water but the severe water shortage here meant that these were still in use in 2008 despite the water being conta
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008“I have lived here for a long time. I moved here from Wila - not far. I came to escape the fighting during the 1985 civil war. It was not easy coming here, I had to run through the bush. I had torn skin and clothes. I arrived with nothing, not even a change of clothes. I didn’t k
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008At the ‘traditional well’ women and children fetch water. People say that they try to use this water just for using for laundry and washing up, but as there are so few boreholes and most are broken, many end up using this water for drinking and cooking as well.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008“I collect a lot of water. I use it for drinking, cleaning, cooking, all kinds of things. I have to go two or three times. Sometimes there is a queue of women. Sometimes I come and leave the buckets and go away and then I can come back after an hour to get water. Som
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 Michese, 2008
At 6am Joyce Yohana Kajembe waits at the top of the deep waterhole in the moonlight. She has been here since 4am in the bitter cold, the water so scarce and the queue so long she has only managed to gather two buckets so far. When she has gathered thre
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 Michese 2008. Fifteen year old Nyemo Amani is helped out of a water hole by neighbours. “I come alone to get water for the six people in my family. I come in the morning and am expecting to come again in the evening, it takes two hours each time, it’s difficult to g
Tanzania.Michese/Chigongwe.2008 In Michese women hang their washing on the bushes to dry.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 The landscape in this region in incredibly dry, the soil so thin it is like powder.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 Men walk the 15 kilometers from Michese to the nearest town of Dodoma carrying heavy bags of charcoal. Women and men trek the 30 km return trip several days a week in order to sell and buy produce at the market.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 Mwajuma Yona at home in Chigongwe, 2008; “I know about the new water project and I’m very happy. There will be changes because we can get water easily. I think the children will be sick less because the water will be more clean.”
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008After work and chores are finished at the end of the day the community gets together for a drink of the locally brewed beer choya.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 In 2008 in Chigongwe the tap is turned on for the first time as part of the water project funded by WaterAid and Simavi. Gracie Masuguzi collects the very first bucket.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 A weigh-in at the ante- and pre-natal care session at the clinic in Chigongwe responsible for the delivery of babies and care of mothers. In 2008 Clinical Medical Officer Dorothy Moslu described her work as difficult; “I am alone, I work twenty four hours a day, sev
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008Chigongwe 2008
Before the water project women used to collect water from holes dug deep into the dry riverbed. The water would seep so slowly through the sand that the women started every morning at 4am to queue for their turn - each taking up to two hours to fill on
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008On a Sunday people gather to watch films in the local cinema. Hassan Okello, owner, says that Jean-Claude Van Damm films are the most popular; “fighting interspersed with bullets!” The population growth in Amuria means that the cinema is busier than ever, with Hassan able to buy
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008In 2008 Esther Ariao, 22, was pregnant with her third child. “I go about twice a day to fetch water. I use it for cooking, washing clothes, washing plates and the babies. It is more difficult to carry water now that I am pregnant. It will be a big big relief to us to have more ti
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008Amuria’s football team warm up before a county match in 2008. They won the game…
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008Farida Acam bathes her baby at the end of the day. Amuria, 2008.
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008Boys run to the water hole on Toronogwe rock for swimming after school.
UGANDA.Amuria.2008“The rebels (LRA) took me at night. I was sixteen when they came. They came into the house when they were attacking the village, it was chaos. When I was with them they were moving all the time, to escape capture and to find other children. We had to carry sugar and salt, very heav
UGANDA. Amuria. 2008
An abattoir worker fetches water from a dirty stream to clean the meat. This was the only water source, making it impossible to keep conditions sanitary.
Now that Amuria has running water, a new abattoir is being built, cutting down the opportunity for disease to spread through c
Men skin a freshly killed cow in Amuria’s old abattoir.
UGANDA.At school in Amuria, 2008
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 Michese, 2008.
“This district has problems finding and keeping teachers. Some come and see that there is no water and electricity, they come for one day and leave. Some children don’t come to school because they have to go and fetch water. There are less children he
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 A woman queues for water in Michese, her scarf wound up on her head to help carry her bucket of water home.
TANZANIA. Michese/Chigongwe. 2008 A woman queues for water at one of the only two water holes in Michese, 2008. Before the taps were installed, this community of three thousand people suffered constantly from water scarcity, with the women spending up to six hours each day queuing at the water holes