18 Mar Water
Felix Ryan* was sent to Somalia in 1984 by the ILO of the UNO to help the refugees who had mostly migrated from Ethiopia. He saw a nomad family of 15 members arriving on camel backs, stricken by poverty, hunger and thirst. The riders descended from the camels and the headman went a distance away. He slew an arrow into the camel’s stomach. Immediately a mother with her baby ran up to the camel, pulled out the arrow and the baby sucked the oozing blood. After that other children and elders sucked the blood to quench their thirst in the scorching heat. Similar situations prevailed in some other places and in extreme cases the thirsty humans resorted to drinking camel’s urine. This shows how acute the shortage of clean drinking water in our world actually is!
The seacoast, just a mile away broke its
Our own country India has the highest number of people in the world without access to safe drinking water. Those 75.8 million people come from impoverished communities (Water Aid Report 2016). Our city slums witness each day the long serpentine queues of colorful plastic containers for water to flow or even trickle from public water taps. In our villages women and children walk long distances to fetch water and carry the pots on their heads or shoulders.
The privileged rich dig their own
Every drop of water counts and needs to be saved.
Tourism, construction and other industries grab a huge proportion of available water. Not only that but they also contribute to water pollution destroying our lakes, rivers and even the oceans. In the city of Bangalore, Lake Bellandur is filled with garbage dumping and industrial waste, so much that the pollutants raise clouds of white froth above the water surface that flows out into the roads and frequently catch fire.
Polluted water is recognized as the world’s no. 1 killer, causing a myriad of sicknesses. It sends millions of children to graves even before they reach the age of five the world over, largely in the developing countries of the two-thirds world.
We need to find ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and replenish water. We are appointed by God as the stewards to care for and nurture the created world according to the Creation narrative (Genesis Ch. 1). We are also called to serve our generation in our own lifetime. We need to preserve the rights of
Our country is punctuated all over by hundreds of EUs, EGFs, decentralized state UESIs, ETFs, EMFIs and other offshoots of the UESI ministry. God in His mercies has made the UESI a great source of blessing to our nation over the last seven decades. We need to include and bring to the forefront the issues facing humanity in our conversations with respect to
Ryan Felix (2005). How to Convert Sea Water into Drinking Water, 2nd edition. ActionAid: Books for Change, Bangalore.
Augusta Paul is a retired lecturer in Sociology and Biblical Studies. At present she is engaged in NLT Bible translation in Gujarati. She lives at Bangalore with her husband Thomas Paul. They have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.