By: Hadeel Suliman from Upper Iowa University
Water, an absolute necessity for life and sheer existence, is also the reason for many illnesses and deaths. Sudan, which was once considered the bread basket of its region, remains to suffer from the lack of clean water supplies. Although, water is seemingly abundant with the constantly flowing Nile River, the contamination still remains a big issue. The scarcity of groundwater throughout the country and lack of financial assistance as well as technology, only makes it that more difficult to extract and use any clean water. Growing up, it was customary to fill up a glass with water from any of the pipes around the house. Although we were located in a rather urbanized area, there was not much of a difference with the rural areas of the country. Availability of the water was always and still is an issue. Most times we would barely get a drop and other times, it would overflow. The water till this very day is of a suspicious yellow tint with enough sand and dust residue to clog one’s lungs over the long run. Hence, it is not only bacteria that contaminates the water, but an abundance of minerals that could have long-term effects on people.
The question remains; who is willing to stand up and make a change? Unfortunately, when the entire society has gotten too comfortable with the way things occur, they don’t see the urgency for change. Their excuse being that they have not yet died from drinking water. They look at the common illnesses to be temporary, as though they were meant to happen and so refuse to take action and combat them. However, water-borne diseases are an everyday struggle, extremely difficult to battle especially after being present for so long and infecting so many people. From malaria to cholera and typhoid, these diseases have successfully plagued the nation and managed to take innocent lives. With that being said, clean water is necessary for a natural life cycle to occur without any interruptions or hiccups. For Sudan to prosper as a whole, water could be the one element that can raise it to the high standard it belongs to.
As a proud Sudanese female, I only want the very best for my nation. It is globally known that prevention is the cure, so why not make a difference now while we can instead of witnessing new formations of bacteria and diseases that will only set us back in time. In order to move ahead and thrive, I am willing to dedicate all my efforts into improving the water conditions of Sudan. This is where it pays off to be a student in Upper Iowa University with an involvement in ENACTUS. When my team recently competed in the Regional Competition, we were given the pleasure to meet the University of Minnesota- Crookston team. That’s when I was introduced to the Clean Water for Everyone initiative. The truly inspiring project was successfully introduced and implemented to our neighboring country, Nigeria. It gave me the push I needed to seek out and start developing connections with people in Sudan to begin my very own project. Working with Clean Water for Everyone will help guide me towards the direction necessary to make resolutions for Sudan’s water crisis. It is just the beginning, we have a long way to go but nothing can hinder our progress and achievements in this project.