- A number of water points such as boreholes and piped water systems have been put in place both in the settlement and the host community by the various wash partners in the district
- The development partners under wash department in Bidibidi refugee settlement have been commended for their improved supply of water for consumption in the settlement
Yumbe- At the beginning of the influx of the refugees, water supply was a problem with several truck hired to transport water from long distance to the refugee camps.
This created violence, long wait at the distribution points and time wastage. Some of the refugees who wait for water, fought over the long queues as they all struggle to get the water.
But now slowly, the trucking system is dying out as humanitarian organizations are now installing solar powered water system. The development partners under wash department in Bidibidi refugee settlement have been commended for their improved supply of water for consumption in the settlement.
The availability of water has now motivated, Wani Cephas , a South Sudan refugee and others to form a group to carry out irrigation. Wani, the group chairperson said the farm located in Leinga East village was established in 2017 with the aim of raising tree seedlings and growing green vegetables.
“The one and half acre piece of land we prepared was fully utilised for raising assorted tree seedlings and growing vegetables but all the crops dried because of the long dry spell. We depended on the water in valley but since the water in the valley dried up, we were left with no option but now to use the water pumped through the solar.”
The group has been producing various food crops even during the dry season. Last week, the State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru, said there is need for the wash partners to establish mini irrigation systems to generate water for production in the settlement and the host community.
Hope: The solar system that was installed by OXFAM at Ofua that is used for pumping water for the refugees.
“We want the wash partners to establish mini irrigation systems for both refugees and the host community to generate water for production because there are farmers who would like to establish nursery beds, grow green vegetables and other crops during the dry season but because water dries up in the valleys, it’s very hard for them to grow such crops,” he said.
The ministers concern came after Cycorp Environmental Concern Agency (CESA), a local farmers group that comprises of the refugees and the host community in Romogi Sub county presented an issue of water shortage in their farm.
Michael Nabugere the settlement commandant said World Vision has established a water system in the area which supplies water for consumption and probably if its upgraded, it can support water for production as well.