In Baghdad's outskirts water is now clean and safe

In Baghdad's outskirts water is now clean and safe

Carlo Jeelo
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05 March 2019

Al Amari neighborhood is one of Baghdad’s poorest neighborhoods. There are over 1000

families who have been living here since 2003. Al Amari used to suffer from a lack of access to

safe water which forced its residents to fetch their water from unsafe source.

Abdullah and his family
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Abdullah and his family

Abdullah Kadim and his family have lived here for the last 15 years. “Access to water was a permanent problem for us and the water that we would get was dirty and unfit for use" said Abdullah.

Abdullah Kadim and his family have lived here for the last 15 years.“Access to water was a permanent problem for us and thewater that we would get was dirty and unfit for use". Said AbdullahUmm Haidar, Abdullah’s wife
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Abdullah Kadim and his family have lived here for the last 15 years.“Access to water was a permanent problem for us and thewater that we would get was dirty and unfit for use". Said AbdullahUmm Haidar, Abdullah’s wife

“The water pressure was sometimes weak even though we have our own pump at home. There were times when water wouldn’t even reach us and we would be forced to buy bottled to use for washing our dishes,” explained Umm Haidar, Abdullah’s wife. The neighborhood also saw many cases of diarrhea, skin diseases and poisoning.

Haidar, Abdullah’s son, washing his hands at home
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Haidar, Abdullah’s son, washing his hands at home

“I remember when my son's skin was peeling the whole time, I had to take him to the hospital. His medical examination concluded that his skin disease was caused by the water” Abdullah says.

UNICEF, in collaboration with Baghdad city’s water administration, extended new water pipelines and linked them with Al Amari’s water network As a result, safe water now reaches Al Amari.

A man clears a trench before installation of water pipes
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A man clears a trench before installation of water pipes
A pipe lies on the road ready for installation
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A pipe lies on the road ready for installation
A man washes his hands with clean water
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A man washes his hands with clean water

“The situation now is very different. We get the water in our home without having to use our private water pump. Water used to be a worry for us, but not anymore,” says Abdullah.

A boy smiles as he water flows from his face
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A boy smiles as he water flows from his face

UNICEF continues to work with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to ensure that safe drinking water is available for Baghdad’s most vulnerable communities.