Water is a precious commodity that is vital for the survival of mankind on earth. Likewise it is one of the principal causes of illness among children in the Bandundu Province.
World Water Day passed seemingly unnoticed by the world’s population who, through ignorance or a carefree attitude, completely ignored it. Meanwhile in the town of Bandundu, in certain neighbourhoods, the people face ticklish problems when it comes to water.
To illustrate, my child reporter friends and I went to the Ifuri neighbourhood, in the town of Basoko, where the “Mundele Nsinga” spring is located.
During our visit, we made a shocking observation. The water is used for cooking, laundry, doing the dishes, and also for drinking, even though the water body is not covered. It is thus exposed to many foreign bodies such as leaves, dirt and germs than compromise its purity.
Despite the community’s efforts and appeals to the authority to get the spring fixed up, nothing has been done and the problem persists.
A mother came to draw water and said: “this water helps us in many ways: dishwashing, laundry, bathing…even drinking, but the spring is not covered and we know that it is risky [to use the water], but what can we do?” To get drinking water, she says that “PUR” (a water purifier) is used, but there are times when she does not have money and therefore she simply filters the water, without having it purified.
She declared that she has never heard anyone talk about World Water Day.
The Congolese State wants to make child survival its new priority even though it seems unaware that the majority of illnesses among children come from the drinking water used within the household. Improving this sector means dealing with the problem at its roots.
The use of potable water would surely permit the improvement of the quality of life of children in the Bandundu Province. Therefore the Congolese State, signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, has to work twice as hard to settle these water issues which remain very problematic, and in so doing promote child survival.
Photos: UNICEF RDC/Asselin – DEO/Young Reporter
Déo Deo a 17 ans, il est enfant reporter et finaliste au collège Kivuvu à Bandundu. Il a représenté les enfants de la RDC au Forum de l'espoir des enfants à Bujumbura en juin 2014. Il fut élu ambassadeur du Forum de l'espoir et a représenté les enfants de la Région des grands Lacs au sommet Spécial de la CIRGL sur l'emploi des jeunes. Pour lui, être enfant Reporter est une opportunité qui lui permet de plaider pour l'amélioration de la situation des enfants de sa communauté
Déo is 17 years old, he is a Young Reporter and a student in final year in KIVUVU High School in Bandundu. Deo has represented Congolese childre at the Forum of Hope in Bujumbura in 2014. He was elected as an Amabassador of Hope and represented children from the Great Lakes region at the Special ICGLR Summit on Youth Employment. For him, being a child reporter gives him an opportunity to advocate on improving the situation on children in his community.
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