Over 2,000 Inhabitants of Zota District Drink From Pond

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Children fetching water for domestic use in Malagai, Zota District, Bong County

— At risk of disease  they plead for assistance

Over 2,000 inhabitants in the remote village of Malagai in Zota District in Bong County are said to be suffering for safe drinking water.

Malangai is a small farming community situated just a stone’s throw the Liberian border with Guinea.

In an interview with the Daily Observer on Monday June 29, 2020 in the village, a prominent son of the town Victor Juah said the townspeople used the water for drinking, cooking, washing and other domestic use.

“As the rainy season is already here, I’m afraid the risk of diarrhea flaring particularly among the women and the children” Mr. Juah emphasized.

“Any diarrhea outbreak in this village would be a disaster, given the dysfunctional state in which many of our referral health-care centers have closed their doors to the public due to the COVID 19” Mr. Juah challenged.

It was established by this reporter that the only hand pump in the town is no longer working due to the lack of maintenance and spare parts.

Information gathered by this paper revealed that the lone hand pump was built by an international NGO “Mission to Liberia” in 2015 but got damaged in 2019 thereby compelling the residents to go back drinking from the pond.

The damaged hand pump in Malagai, Zota District, Bong County

Juah disclosed to this Newspaper that the townspeople will need the amount of US$200 (or L$ 40,000) to have the damaged hand pump repaired.

When quizzed why the townspeople cannot raise the money among the themselves and repair the hand pump, Mr. Juah, added, the people here are subsistence farmers, where do you expect them to raise US$200 to mend hand pump when they are confronted with other grave issues like health.

“In many rural communities, our people still build houses without provision for toilets, or as the case may be, latrines where waste can be emptied without others coming in contact with it. As the rain is already here, you will realize that both human and domestic animal feces dumped in the pond and we drink it,” Juah furthered. “If you walk around the town, you’ll be greeted with the reek of urine simply because the houses do not have toilets or bathrooms.”

Juah then used the occasion to appeal to humanitarian organizations that are in the business of water and sanitation to help the Malangai residents to repair the only hand pump in the town.

He said if the hand pump is reconditioned and safe drinking water is restore to the people, it would help to reduce the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases among the local inhabitants.

3 COMMENTS

  1. A country deemed independent since 1847, yet it was due to the civil war that international humanitarian organizations gracefully offered hand pumps to many of our hamlets, villages, towns and so-called cities.
    What is the meaning of celebrating those useless presidents’ birthdays then? JJ Roberts’ birthday, Tubman’s birthday, etc.?
    We need to only celebrate Tolbert, and not those useless people!

    Ok, everyone knows the problems and so our “don” or “czar” guys promised FIXES. The people, eager to see real change, blindly voted the current gang.
    Can anyone show me what FIXES they have embarked on in the last 3 years now? Is stealing, like the other people, FIXES?

    Dear inhabitants of Malangai, NEVER again vote for people who will steal all your money and relocate their families to the USA, buy properties there and turn their backs on you.
    Vote people who truly identify with you; people who understand your plight and willing and ready to find lasting solutions.
    Do not vote people who will offer bags of rice during campaign, but for people who will promise sustainable development.

    Look out for the ANC in 2023.
    If you vote Weah again, this time he will buy himself and his gangs a cruise ship to spend months offshore like Tubman.

    Long live Liberia!
    And be impatient to vote the ANC come 2023.

  2. This is very unfortunate! Why do you let the people you are suppose to serve suffer this way? Is anyone in the government listening to their cries? Where are the Senators and Representatives of Bong County?

  3. The ANC is known for making all kinds of outrageous promises. The creation of 100,000 in three months is a case in point. Let it be known that the Liberian people will not be bamboozled by any untested politician.

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