Surface water is not for drinking
The climate crisis is drying up many sources and forcing many to move in search of water. More than 110 million people worldwide use water directly from rivers, streams, ponds, or lakes, and four million die every year from drinking inadequate water. Droughts threaten to increase this figure. The drama of this scourge in Nigeria is described in the short film Hope is not enough, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5.
Rhoda, the protagonist of Hope is not enough, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5, is one of the 10.2 million rural Nigerians who are forced to rely on surface water sources.
Rhoda lives in a small village in Nigeria. Every day she gets up at dawn to tend her small vegetable garden, but many plants are dry and do not bear fruit. She remembers when she was a child, when her vegetable garden was large and provided vegetables for her entire family. Now, the dry season is getting longer, and the vegetable garden is affected by the lack of water, and Rhoda, like most Nigerian farmers, looks to the sky with anxiety and hope. Hope is what remains to recover water; hope for rain, hope for any kind of aid. But it is not only the vegetable garden that lacks water; the only source they had in her village dried up several years ago, and they need to fetch it from a nearby stream. Israel Rock O.N. tells the story in the short film Hope is not enough, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5.
Hope is not enough, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5