Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Africa Water, Sanitation Jan -Feb 2014 Vol.10 No1 - Page 8

NEWS in brief Around Africa Councillor A l u s i n e Corade Conteh of Ward 355 in Constituency 99, also a resident of Portee, said he was in agreement Teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone with aggrieved parents that one of the challenges the community faces is acute water supply. Somalia 50 Somalis dead from contaminated water of several pressing issues in Somalia. The country is also dealing with persistent violence, much of it linked to the militant group Al-Shabaab. It was not immediately clear how the water that led to the recent deaths got contaminated, including whether anyone or any group might be responsible. South Africa Primary School Kids Sent Home Because of Lack of Toilets and Sewage Smell It is only 10am on a Wednesday morning and A.C.J. Phakade primary school students in Nomzamo township (near Strand in Cape Town) are already walking home or waiting for shuttles to fetch them. The reasons is that their teachers are holding what they are calling a go-slow. The go-slow started on Tuesday because At least 50 people have died in Somalia after drinking of the shortage of toilets for students and teachers, as well contaminated water from a well in northern Mogadishu, an as a broken sewage system that has left an overpowering official in that East African country said last December 12. stench in the classrooms, and unfinished construction that Osman Mohamed, the deputy commissioner for Somalia’s started in 2011. Yaqshid district said about the deaths among those who drank from the newly constructed well. More than 150 people who had water from that well were recently hospitalized. Hawo Abdi, a mother of four reported that her 8-year-old child is among those who died after drinking the contaminated water. While access to drinkable water has improved in recent years, it still remains a major and sometimes deadly problem in some places. That’s especially true in parts of Africa, and even more so in Somalia, which has some of the lowest rates of water coverage in the world. The United Nations rep