The women from Bedouin communities of the Judean desert, south of Hebron, close to the Dead Sea, had to walk six hours a day to fetch water from the cisterns nearby. Thanks to the efforts of ECHO and its partners, today they have water supply at their place. Susan Smith of EWN shares her experience of visiting a Bedouin village and interacting with the communities on water issues.
During the meeting of the International Reference Group (IRG) of the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem in early June 2014, the IRG members embarked on a fact-finding mission to Gaza to assess the situation of water and sanitation there. What they witnessed and experienced in Gaza is reported here by some of the IRG members.
The recent air strikes by Israel on the Gaza Strip have crippled the water distribution system. Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, shares that an already challenging water situation in Gaza has recently worsened because of the violence, threatening the fundamental human right to water and sanitation.