WHAT WAR BRINGS: lack of electricity and clean water
No one can say that a lack of electricity is a part of all wars and occupations, since we didn’t even have electricity for most folks until the 20th century. But it certainly is a part of the
As Ramadan began, Iraqis agreed that the high temperature and non-stop power cutoff, let alone security problem and crazy price hikes, are the most serious problems facing them during the holy Muslim fasting month. “Frankly, I don’t have a clue as to how we should be fasting during this month under this torrid hot weather and constant cutoffs of electricity supply. May God help us,” Qassem Mohammed, an employee who lives in al-Bayaa neighborhood, central
This article goes on to claim that the lack of water in
This summer has come with its own setbacks. Seven power lines have been sabotaged, and sandstorms caused malfunctions in natural gas-burning generating plants. Power shortfalls also occurred when
Iraqis obtain electricity by running small generators that they own, and by paying for large neighborhood generators run by private residents. This is often an experience they cannot bear. Fuel costs are high.
Lack of electricity has been an ongoing problem since the
Among all the kinds of public services that Iraqis need, the electricity power supply is the most important ones. Except for Kurdistan region which has almost 20 to 22 hours of power supply a day, all the rest 15 Iraqi provinces have it for less than five hours a day and even these five hours are not full five hours. Two days ago, I called a friend in
Iraqis often spend the nights sleeping on their roofs, since it is cooler up there. Here’s one story:
Yesterday night, I decided to return back in time and sleep my current summer nights as my ancestors used to. I started again sleeping on the roof of my house again to guarantee a full night sleep instead of getting us every two hours because of the cut of electricity. For the first time since the start of summer, I could sleep for full seven hours without the need to wake up to turn on the small generator of the family.
There are promises to improve the situation, at least in
"This is really good news; we hope it will put an end to our chronic suffering," said Dhia Hameed Mansour, 46, who works at a grocery in the slums of
Mansour is among some 2.5 million people living in this eastern suburb of
…..Only half of
Due to the years of drought, the supply of electricity in southern
….."Not even during Saddam's time did we face the prospect of something so grave," said Nasiriyah's governor, Qusey al-Ebadi. Just east of the city, the Marsh Arabs are also on the edge of a crisis – unprecedented even during the three decades of reprisals they faced under the former dictator. "The current level of the
Drought is not part of What War Brings, but the overall poor security and poor services make handling the drought more difficult.
In spite of all the hardships due to a lack of electricity (or maybe because of it), the Iraqi people can still make jokes about the situation.
Dark humor flips on when the lights go out in a city that still suffers from crippling power outages despite the billions of dollars that have been invested in its grid. “Electricity is dead. Pray for its soul," reads graffiti scrawled along a wall in central
"I miss electricity so much I want to feel an electric shock, just so I know we have it," said Falah Hasan Ali , 23, a resident of
And, over in
Abdul Malik, dweller of Tor Tank locality of this provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News the city had been distributed into four sections. Areas housing parliamentarians, senior government officials and wealthy people had no power outages, but places like Kala-e-Kohna, Safiyan, Kart-e-Lagan etc get power supply for only half an hour electricity or even less than that in 24 hours, said Malik.
It also depends on where you live – apparently in
For most people in the Afghan capital
A report from 2008 said that said that only 13% of Afghans have access to safe drinking water, 12% to adequate sanitation, and just 6% to electricity. And this report also states that a large part of the reasons for these figures (in spite of millions of dollars of aid) is corruption.
That is another thing war brings – corruption. I wrote a post on that.
And the water supply in
Water is a major problem in rural and urban areas due to water scarcity, mismanagement and damaged water systems," Pekka Haavisto, the chairman of the UNEP Afghanistan Task Force, told IRIN in the capital,
Clean water is needed for survival.
The lack of electricity has impacts on people’s health, security, education and economic opportunities. Electricity is very important.
There is an aid group called CONCERN WORLDWIDE who are working on micro-hydro power projects in some villages in northern
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