[EpocTimes] Yemen Sleepwalks into Water Nightmare
BEIT HUJAIRA, Yemen—Black-clad women trudge across a stony plateau in the Yemeni highlands to haul water in yellow plastic cans from wells that will soon dry up.
« We come here three or four times a day, » says Adiba Sena, as another woman draws water six metres (20 feet) to the surface and pours it into jerry cans lashed to her grey donkey. « We use it to clean, cook, wash — we have no pipes that reach us. »
These women are at the sharp end of what Yemen ‘s water and environment minister describes as a collapse of national water resources so severe it cannot be reversed, only delayed at best.
« This is almost inevitable because of the geography and climate of Yemen, coupled with uncontrolled population growth and very low capacity for managing resources, » the minister, Abdul-Rahman al-Iryani, told Reuters in an interview.