The mother who sells water
The climate crisis is creating severe problems in Cameroon. Desertification and floods generate thousands of displaced people every year who end up in cities unable to provide drinking water for all. The short film Mami Wata, a micro-documentary finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5, provides a testimony of the vulnerability of millions of Cameroonians who survive in one of the most water-deficient African countries.
Mami Wata,the protagonist of the micro-documentary, lives in a slum on the outskirts of the city, where her neighbors call her “the mother who sells water”.
Mami Wata sells water on the streets of Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. She collects it from distant sources, which are often unsafe; she makes it drinkable by boiling it and stores it in bottles collected from the street, which she sterilizes beforehand. Then, she sells it on the capital’s crowded streets with her family.
She lives in a slum on the outskirts of the city, where her neighbors call her “the mother who sells water,” but her real name is Aline Assomo, and years ago, she lived in a nearby village farming the land and raising a few heads of cattle. Aline’s life was cut short in 2016 when a flood swept away her husband and washed away their house, destroyed their vegetable garden, and killed the livestock. In extreme poverty, she was forced to migrate to the city, like most affected in the region. Philomene Stephanie tells us part of her story in her short film , a shortlisted micro-documentary in the We Art Water Film Festival 5.
de Philomene Stephanie, micro documental finalista del We Art Water Film Festival 5.