Chiadi’s Pain (Part 2)

“My Stomach Mama, My stomach again, Chinedu cried out in pain. Mama Chiadi ran helter-skelter wondering what to do. Chiadi and her dad had gone to town to meet with the people working on Chiadi’s admission to the Polytechnic and  University. It was a very hot afternoon and unfortunately the Market day, so no one was around to help her.

She ran like a mad person to the farthest place that she could reach and keep shouting “My Son, My Son” she was able to gather about 2 people about 3km away who where able to run back with her. Before she got back, Chinedu was on the floor dead. The strangers tried to do everything in their power to bring him back to life, after 5 minutes of trying with no solution, they went to the nearest Health Center to get help where he was confirmed dead. 
Mama wailed for as long as Chiadi could remember, Papa was heartbroken and developed high blood pressure that needed constant attention to take care of, he died one year later. He didn’t have much but he really desired Chinedu as his heir and family Life light and he felt dead since he had died and was never the same anymore. Mama kept living life in a slow and silent manner, she wasn’t that ‘easily’ joyful woman anymore. 
Chiadi deferred her admission to be with Mama to support her and be with her especially after the death of their family members. Life was never the same for her again, she lived bitterly every day. 

One day, some set of people from an organization came to provide clean water by sinking in a bore hole. She walked up to one of them, with courage yet sorrow and despair filled in her eyes. 
“I am Chiadi”  “I am 21”

“I am Schooless, Fatherless, Brotherless and even Loveless” because of Water. 

She explained briefly how the lack of water in the community had not only affected her health but her dreams and her life. The Woman quickly turned away, trying to hide tears already Streaming down her face. “I am happy about the clean water, but i just wished it was early enough” 
Chiadi said as she walked away with her bowl walking down to the stream to drink the water she had known for 21years of her life. Not like she wasn’t glad about what had come, it’s just that, what was most important to her had been taken from her, at this point in her life. She couldn’t care less. She hoped she would someday. For now, She didn’t and it was all a ripple effect of the dirty water that killed Chinedu. Chinedu died of Hepatitis A.

Nearly two million children a year die for want of clean water and proper sanitation while the world’s poor often pay more for their water than people in Britain or the US, according to a major new report.

The United Nations Development Programme, in its annual Human Development report, argues that 1.1 billion people do not have safe water and 2.6 billion suffer from inadequate sewerage. This is not because of water scarcity but poverty, inequality and government failure.

The report urges governments to guarantee that each person has at least 20 litres of clean water a day, regardless of wealth, location, gender or ethnicity. If water was free to the poor, it adds, it could trigger the next leap forward in human development.

Many sub-Saharan Africans get less than 20 litres of water a day and two-thirds have no proper toilets. By contrast, the average Briton uses 150 litres a day while Americans are the world’s most profligate, using 600 litres a day. Phoenix, Arizona, uses 1,000 litres per person on average – 100 times as much as Mozambique.

“Water, the stuff of life and a basic human right, is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by countless millions of the world’s most vulnerable people,” says the report’s lead author, Kevin Watkins.

Hilary Benn, international development secretary, said: “In many developing countries, water companies supply the rich with subsidised water but often don’t reach poor people at all. With around 5,000 children dying every day because they drink dirty water, we must do more.”

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