Sudanese activists launched a campaign under the hashtag #Omdurman_thirsty On social media platforms in Sudan It highlights the water outage for more than 10 days in the city of Omdurman, the second largest city in Sudan, and forming a large part of Khartoum State, the country’s capital.
Through the hashtag, the Resistance Committees Coordination Page in Karary published pictures of dozens of citizens standing in queues to obtain water, and the page commented by saying, “The water crisis is worsening, and reaching the stage of complete interruption, due to the suspension of the Al-Manara station for more than 10 days, and citizens are forced to use bottled water.” Tanks), and the officials on the page appealed to the authorities in Karari locality and the emergency rooms to address the crisis and work to address it as quickly as possible.
In 2009, the Sudanese authorities launched the Al-Manara Water Station, which is considered one of the most important development projects in Khartoum State. The station covers the deficit in Omdurman, Karari and Ambada.
But the disruption of this station led to a real water crisis, as some city bloggers spoke about the scenes they see in the streets of people trying to get water. They described the situation as difficult and sad, as they saw old women and children carrying water bottles searching for any water. A source of water, even if it is not potable.
Others added, “Houses in Omdurman are full of families and people are thirsty, and there is no assistance from the Sudanese army or local authorities,” according to their comments.
Activists pointed out that the water that residents are trying to obtain is salty, may be contaminated, and is not suitable for drinking, and that residents are at risk of poisoning and cholera because of the polluted water.
Some bloggers said that some city residents who have water in tanks distribute it to people in small quantities so that they can cover the largest possible number of homes, and that people have begun to consume the last quantities of water available in the area.
The situation is very, very bad without water. The scene in the streets is sad. It is full of old women carrying buckets of water, crawling around, and diplopia carrying buckets of water and young people with ashtrays. The rakes are barrels, and the water is salty and cannot be absorbed. It has a disgusting taste.#Omdurman_thirsty #Save_Sudan #KeepEyesOnSudan
— Om Shamat 🌼 (@Reemo268) January 7, 2024
Who can imagine sitting for days without water! Have you thought about how long you can stand it before you end up thirsty?
Guys, there is a complete water outage in the areas of Bamdurman and the citizens are in dire need of immediate assistance.
For everyone who cares about human rights, we ask you to pay attention to the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Sudan #Omdurman_thirsty https://t.co/9V7lEtd29L
— حَرم🇵🇸 (@therighthrrm) January 4, 2024
Activists called on the local authorities in Karari and the emergency room to address the water crisis and work to address it as quickly as possible, pointing out that there are fierce battles between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces in the city of Omdurman, and that they are the main cause of the water crisis in the city, especially since Rapid Support Forces It prevents people from wandering around the areas it controls within the city.
Scenes from the advance of the Special Action Forces in the city of Omdurman today, January 8, 2024 pic.twitter.com/rjJ9lXezxm
– Sudanese military capabilities 🇸🇩 (@Sudaneseearmy1) January 8, 2024