“The current drought is worse than what I have experienced in the past. I do not have food in my house and I cannot feed my family. When we do not have enough food for all us, I sacrifice my meal for my mother and my children.” says Maria.
The problem with fetching water from the waterholes right now is the increase of wildlife in the area. We have always had elephants and many others in the area but since the river has dried up, they come to the waterhole and share it with people.
“We have always had elephants and many others in the area but since the river has dried up, they come to the waterhole and share it with people. She laments “Since water has become scarce everywhere, elephants are changing their drinking habits and come to the waterholes any time of the day instead of evenings.
As a woman, I worry about these attacks by the elephants or other animals that we share the water with.”
“A young man was recently killed by elephants when they chased him from the water point. Without water, we can’t prepare meals and go to bed hungry.” She adds “At times elephants would stay at the water point for hours forcing us to go to other wells that are 8 kilometres away. It is very hard to walk up the hill.”
We hope that help will come our way soon before we lose more lives.