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Water everywhere for DR Congo
city yet scarcely a drop to drink

Agence France-Presse, by Albert Kambale

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 7/13/2014 12:30:19 PM

Goma (DR Congo) - Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, sits by one of the world´s largest freshwater reservoirs and has some of Africa´s heaviest annual rainfall, yet it is a thirsty place. Most of the city´s one million residents, living close to the shores of Lake Kivu, have to struggle every day to fetch water home. From daybreak, an endless stream of cyclists heads to the lake and back, filling battered containers with as much water as they can carry. In a makeshift shelter, health worker Fedeline Kabuhu tries to ensure that no container leaves without

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Quite sad. Massive lake is nearby but they can´t co-operate enough to tap into it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/13/2014 12:37:02 PM     (No. 9922472)

Yet, thousands of years ago, the Romans invented aqueducts, some still in place and working today.
In the 2014, Africans cannot provide themselves with water.
Think about it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: john56, 7/13/2014 12:52:22 PM     (No. 9922489)

Coming soon to an America near you.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: placergolddigger, 7/13/2014 1:23:08 PM     (No. 9922537)

Pipes are racist.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 7/13/2014 1:25:50 PM     (No. 9922545)

As I was reading this article I was struck by the large amount of african names it contained. Then I recognized my error. When I clicked on it I thought I was going to learn about Detroit´s water situation. My bad.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bad-hair, 7/13/2014 2:14:41 PM     (No. 9922609)

FTA ... As in many other parts of DR Congo -- the world´s least developed country according to the United Nations -- the people of Goma have learned to fend for themselves after decades of government neglect.

Imagine that ! No government to look after them. How sad.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: craige, 7/13/2014 2:25:23 PM     (No. 9922623)

Average rainfall in the Congo is 48" to 80" annually. About an inch or so, a week.

One assumes these individuals have no means of storing such abundance. Perhaps digging a hole in the ground, and lining it with plastic or clay, is illegal. Perhaps the very concept of storing rainfall, is beyond them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 7/13/2014 3:43:54 PM     (No. 9922732)

Poster #2 says, ´In 2014, Africans cannot provide themselves with water.´
It´s the same with wells. Every year thousands of kids from youth groups from Christian churches in the U.S. go to different African countries and dig wells so villages have clean water. How many hundred of thousands of years have people lived in Africa? And they are too stupid or lazy to build wells themselves? We need to build barricades completely around Africa, not to keep people in, but to keep Westerners out. They need to learn how to solve their own problems.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Straitpath, 7/13/2014 6:41:21 PM     (No. 9922919)

Poster #8 says about what I was going to say. The Mormon Church sends service missionaries to Africa to dig wells or provide other means of water to villages. One elderly returned missionary reported to our congregation. He said even though the villagers are taught how to maintain the wells, etc., they simply don´t maintain them. The wells fail and the village goes back to the old way. I don´t know the answer. Education? Good leaders?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/13/2014 6:51:00 PM     (No. 9922927)

Samaritan´s Purse ministry, headed up by Franklin Graham, sends people over there to dig wells for these people. Each well is $1,200.00. So if ya want to help, ya can. ;).

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Reply 10 - Posted by: usltn, 7/13/2014 7:23:52 PM     (No. 9922943)

I´ll put our blacks up against those blacks any day of the week.lol

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Reply 11 - Posted by: harper, 7/14/2014 2:01:21 AM     (No. 9923209)

Unable to solve basic life problems, but a hundred recipes for Long Pig.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/14/2014 2:29:26 AM     (No. 9923225)

I predict Barry will demand billions of our tax dollars need to be sent there. After all, like Detroit, water is a basic human right. No need to pay for it yourself.

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