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Niger: Displaced population faced with the challenge of water scarcity


Access to water has become a daily challenge for inhabitants of refugee camps in south eastern Niger.

More than 50,000 people are living in camps in the Nigerien desert after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram on Bosso on June 3.

The refugees mark their almost identical gallons and leave them in queues awaiting the delivery of water to the camp by a truck.

“There are many people. You can come with two gallons just to find only one later,” Cheldou Malou, a refugee from Bosso said.

UN agency, UNICEF, plays a crucial role in helping the refugees get access to water in the midst of scarcity.

It transports close to 280,000 litres of water per day to the Kindjandi camp which has a population of about 40,000 and another 60,000 litres of water to the Gari Wazam camp which hosts 25,000 people.

“Taking into account the arrival of the population following events at Bosso and also the number of animals around the drilling sites, the facilities were destroyed by the population and we were obliged to go through this activity,” a UN official at the site Mohamed Ali said.

UNICEF says the installation of wells is expensive and they could run short of money after two months.

Additional financial resources are needed for the projects to be completed.

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