Posts Tagged ‘ethiopia’
Diplomat who opened fire at Ethiopian protesters left the United States to avoid prosecution, a US official saidThursday, October 2nd, 2014
Obama’s foreign policy ignorance in shocking display; heaps praise on Ethiopia’s fascist dictatorship (video)Friday, September 26th, 2014
The allegation that Shabia is abusing Ethiopian opposition members in Eritrea is without merit – Yilma BekeleThursday, September 25th, 2014
Ginbot 7 members in Eritrea are suffering from debilitating illnesses; all of them are held against their willMonday, September 22nd, 2014
Commonsense advise with a twist of humor on how to deal with American police – Comedian Chris Rock (video)Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
While 52 percent of Ethiopia’s people have access to improved water, only 10 percent have water piped into their homes.
Thirty years after Ethiopia’s devastating famine, water is still as inaccessible as it is precious. While 52 percent of the people have access to improved water, only 10 percent have water piped into their homes. And in rural areas, this figure is as low as 1 percent. Only 24 percent have adequate sanitation.
The implications are extremely broad. In an agriculture-based country, water shortages largely affect not only the country’s economy, but also the basic life of people whose subsistence depends on each season’s crops. Often poor countries like Ethiopia, with high population growth, are the most vulnerable to water stress.
Not to mention that on a continent currently affected by major diseases, controlling outbreaks is also a question of access to water and sanitation.
There are a lot of factors contributing to the lack of access to water and sanitation, ranging from environmental degradation due to desertification and deforestation, natural disasters such as extreme drought and climate change resulting from global warming. Other factors include pollution, caused by massive congestions in urban areas. This has led to a vicious cycle: people are leaving rural areas due to poverty hoping to find better opportunities in the cities only to contribute to the depreciation of living conditions where they arrive by overpopulating the towns’ slums.
The government has expanded its social service delivery programmes; NGOs projects are improving life in some communities, but it is a long process and on the larger scale, the infrastructure handling Ethiopia’s water supply is still inadequate and the need for improved water and sanitation is still severe.