You know the scene from the movies, where kids are playing in the water that is bursting from a fire hydrant on a hot summer day? I’m watching the Liberian version of that right in front of my eyes while I type.
This sort of thing NEVER happens here.
Water is way too precious to waste in the name of having fun, but this particular well happens to be in a swampy area where the recharge is great. Since we’re here to assess the problem, the well needs to be pumped out so we can get to the bottom of things – literally.
The town has filled every bucket they own so now the man holding the water spout is directing it at the kids. They are so excited; laughing, dancing and yelling while their parents watch from a distance! I’m so hot I feel like joining in.
Here you a have a town that, in the peak of the dry season, has a well with a ton of water but because they don’t know how to fix it they are getting their water from a shallow uncovered well hole with bugs living in it. And that is no exaggeration; I was just watching the bugs swimming around.