SIDA, UNICEF curb water scarcity in East Region
Most villages in the region lack pipe-borne water.
“At times they returned tired and sleep through the rest of the day or they just go home.
Even children who brought water in bottles sometimes follow their peers to the streams.” He said, adding it had a negative impact on schooling.
The villagers had also agreed on opening and closing hours for the borehole which along with eight others, serve a community of over 6000 people.
While refugees and locals in Ngouva and other zones harmoniously enjoy the UNICEF, SIDA water project, the case is different in the town of Nagonda, Garoua-Boulai.
Kamnga Golike, traditional ruler of Nagonda told Journal du Cameroun there have been violent clashes between villagers and CAR refugees over the newly rehabilitated borehole.
“This town has more refugees than locals and some people insist refugees should fetch water in refugee camps.
“This disagreement is prompted by the fact that too many people depend on one borehole and streams are drying up.
Creating another borehole would be a sustainable solution.” He said.
For instance the Mandjou municipality habours 68, 240 inhabitants, but has only 33 boreholes.