For many people around the world, using water at home is a matter of turning on a water tap, but for 13-year-old Musaab it’s a three-kilometer ride on a donkey to the Euphrates river. He had to make this trip three times every day to get the water his family needs. The back and forth rides between his village and the river took him up to three hours a day.
“Every morning, we would check the news; when the route to the river was safe, I would go there with several neighbors to fetch water,” recalls Musaab, “but when there was an upsurge in violence, we would go without water for days.” Desperate for water, the family of ten either had to buy it from private contractors at 3,000 SYP (about 6 USD) per 200 litre jerry can. “It meant we had to ration our bathing and laundry to once every other week.”
For three years, Musab’s village in western rural Deir-ez-Zor had no access to safe drinking water after conflict caused severe damage to the water infrastructure.