In Imbina 750 people depend on subsistence farming, and many were harvesting crops of sorghum and millet grown during the rainy season.
While there is a borehole in Imbina, it’s not enough to serve
750 people. The mud huts are also so spread out that the
borehole is too far away for many families. As a result some
rely on the stream, half an hour’s walk away. Others depend
on filthy water from holes they have dug. But even in October,
the stream has evaporated and many of the holes had already
dried up. By March, surface level water sources are completely gone,
the ground is cracked, and digging for water in the riverbed
is the only focus.
“When there is no water our main activity is digging. Some people may spend two days without anything to drink.”
Bande Musa, farmer
“During the dry season I don’t wash at all. For two months I don’t wash because there is not enough water – I start to have itchy skin and get skin infections.”
Djande Habibou, mother
“When a child is thirsty he cries. The only thing we can do to calm him down is to find water for him. Sometimes the child may fall sick. You take them to the health centre and they say the child needs a drip. When my son went to the hospital he had no strength at all. He was crying and vomiting. He was too weak to even stand up.”
Minoungou Nouga, wife of the village chief